Poor balance makes for poor fishing. I saw this first-hand while spay fishing for monster Steelhead last weekend. Even wearing steel-studded felt-soled wading boots, I was faced with severe “snot-like” conditions while wading the slippery rocks along the river in pursuit of a monster Steelhead.
Notably, my friend Dale who is only 3 months younger than me has NOT been doing CoreAlign exercises twice weekly for the last 11 months. He proved known science that by age 50, balance and strength tend to bolt downstream.
Together, Dale and I fished the Hog Hole, the Slaughter House Hole, and the Bridge Hole (among others). And then we fished a spot where the rocks were unusually slimy. Snot was clearly an understatement!
We’d just begun making a few casts, when all of a sudden, I heard Dale just downstream from me splashing frantically. When I looked over, all I could see of him were the bottoms of his wading boots kicking feverishly above the water’s surface. Just as I was ready to throw him a life line, he righted himself and safely (yet fridgidly) made his way out of the 36 degree water. We aptly named that new fishing spot the “Swimming Hole!”
Unfortunately, this was just one of the major falls Dale took during our trip. All told, he slipped and fell dangerously at least 5 times. And whereas it was nearly impossible for me to stay sure-footed a lot of the time, my balance and confidence were nearly laughable. I felt like a surfer looking for a bigger and more radical wave. In some cases, it was futile for me to even try to maintain my footing. Instead, I was seemingly in a mode of controlling a series of near-falls while still making 70 foot casts with ease.
This feat (pun intended) could never have occurred had I not been guided through a powerfully effective form of exercise, called CoreAlign, for the last 15 months by the skilled and knowledgeable instructors of The Core Studio at Alpine.
I plan to fish hard till I’m 90. To do so, I’ll need to incorporate hour-long CoreAlign sessions twice weekly over the next 40 years. This new model of exercise constantly challenges balance while also developing long and strong muscles. Resultantly, I’ll be able to keep up with the young bucks and avoid having to spay fish wearing a snorkel and with my ankles pointing vertically!
For more information on CoreAlign, click here.
Brent Dodge . . . (the one with the hat)
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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