Happy New Year! First of all I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of my supporters! First- my family…you are the best! Having both of my parents with me at the Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying School in December was absolutely amazing. My entire family has been so supportive and I am extremely grateful. I want to say thank you to my boyfriend Greg (and our new dog Blitzen!) for always encouraging me. To my sponsors from 2015- thank you so much for making my dream possible! It has been a privilege to represent and work with an amazing company like AmeriQuest Business Services, and I am so excited to see what 2016 holds! Also, thank you to Shearon Golf and Whitemarsh Valley Country Club for your never-ending support!
I figured I would post my first blog of 2016 on my favorite day of the week…FITNESS FRIDAY!!!This year I am going to try to post more regular blogs with not only updates on my golf game, but with other relevant information to the game of golf as well. My degree in Kinesiology from UMD has made me passionate about many topics relating to health.
On this Fitness Friday, I would like to talk about Core Stabilization! Proper stability is required in different segments of our bodies throughout the sequence of the golf swing to create an efficient motion, generate power, and prevent injury. The core (LOTS of muscles but especially the abs, obliques, glutes, and lower back) is extremely important for maintaining your posture throughout the golf swing. Having a weakness in your core can lead to not only swing flaws, but ailments as well such as back pain which many golfers suffer from. It is nearly impossible to train various core muscles in isolation. This is great however because the golf swing is a motion that requires multiple muscles to work together. Here are two exercises I did this morning that work on stabilizing my core, while also engaging other muscles: 1. Stability Ball Knees to Chest; 2. Med Ball Spiderman Plank. These exercises engage not only my entire core, but also require balance and torso strength...all beneficial to the golf swing!
If you are looking for the “secret weapon” to the golf swing, it is not a new club. It is YOUR BODY. Try encorporating these exercises into your workout to include balance, core stabilization, and engage multiple muscles. I bet you will feel the results! Happy Fitness Friday!