The Core-ageous Competitor
"As a barrel horse jockey, I’d always assumed that the exercises involved with training and caring for horses were enough to keep me physically fit. However, I was proven wrong when I joined the local gym. Since then, my balance, strength and overall riding skills have greatly improved.
While upper and lower body strength is important, it is our core that affects our balance the most. The core consists of the abdominal muscles—where all of our movement originates. By strengthening our core, we decrease our chances of back injury and enhance our balance in the saddle.
I’ve teamed up with Ellwood City Athletic Club owner and trainer Jeff Smiley to demonstrate some basic core strengthening with the use of a stability ball and a medicine ball. These exercises can be done anywhere. "
- Sue Bologna