I came across this article on my Facebook newsfeed today and after reading it I really like the idea and exercises. It's based on a barrel racer's physical needs but I think all disciplines could benefit from it, plus it's a neat read. I'm one to work out, not a lot but enough to keep my body "toned" and in shape.. I think it's really important for a rider to have good balance and a good seat, my opinion on this is that riders, especially the really hard disciplines, should have a nice core. The more "in shape" your core is the better balance and seat you'll have. We all know that a good seat is a very important part when it comes to riding. Having a good core can also lead to less physical pain and/or injuries. Even if you have no idea where to start this article is a great way to get you started.. Anyway, thought I'd share!
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