Fitness for polo players it is key. Be disciplined with training in order to have excellent health conditions is a priority. The polo player is constantly exposed to a field where muscular and cardiac demands are very challenging.
Every polo player must have a good medical team. Players, unlike other disciplines, can play until they are over 40 years old, so it is important to have an appropriate diet, training and recovery.
Daily routines to strengthen the main muscles used by the player are of great importance to maintain endurance. Short and effective exercises that work adductors, quadriceps, gluteus and core, in addition to working the aerobic system.
It is important for the player to respect the principle of continuity in the aerobic routines, as he/she must have a great muscular capacity in the legs to be able to ride at high speed in short stretches and with permanent changes of direction, braking, rotations, etc.
Endurance training programs usually reduce total body mass and fat weight, while lean weight remains constant or increases slightly. The minimum weekly training frequency is 3 aerobic stimuli.
The player doesn’t usually perform routines of high intensity and short duration (short intensive intervallic type) because he is mainly interested in the reduction of fat weight, power and aerobic capacity.
For the removal of lactate produced in field and gym workouts, slow continuous running on treadmill (gym) or street for 20 to 30 minutes is performed.
And of course, the correct stretching before and after each practice or match is essential.