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Fueling Herself for the Field

Vicky Arthur
Age: 18
Hometown: Kensington, Md.
Occupation: Student athlete, University of Connecticut

The Challenge

Vicky Arthur was a 13-year-old eighth grader when she received a copy of the original Core Performance book in 2004.

Back then, her sport of choice was rock climbing and she competed at a high level across the country. The Core Performance program helped her create the stability and mobility needed to excel in a demanding sport that requires both. As she advanced to high school, her focus turned to team sports and field hockey, where core conditioning was equally important.

“Your quads, hamstrings, and glutes take a beating in field hockey and if you don’t have that core stability, you’re not going to be very good,” she says. “You won’t be able to hit and shoot and you’re not going to be able to avoid ‘defensive tackles’ as we call them in field hockey. In terms of importance in the sport, core strength is second only to your overall ability and technique.”

Like many teenagers, Vicky does not spend much time thinking about what she eats, if only because she’s not the one purchasing groceries. Thankfully, the Core Performance program—and her parents—instilled in her healthy eating habits that prepared her for her freshman year of college at the University of Connecticut, where she plays field hockey.

The Results

Vicky is proud to be an early adapter of the Core Performance system, which helped her thrive in both high school and club field hockey. One of her club team’s trainers showed the team a copy of Core Performance and mentioned they’d be doing some of the exercises.

Vicky already was up to speed, having used the program to improve her game and attract scholarship offers from major Division I programs. It’s made her transition to college sports much easier.

“Core Performance has helped me at the D1 level by showing me the latest workout techniques which are all implemented in my lift sessions,” she says. “It has also increased my overall strength with is critical when playing field hockey because not only do you use your legs like soccer, but you use your arms when hitting the ball.”

She’ll likely avoid the notorious “freshman 15,” the extra pounds young women pack on once left on their own to eat for the first time. Having attended an all-girls high school, Vicky is well aware of the eating issues young women face.

“As an athlete, I’m fortunate to be around a group of girls who understand the idea of food as fuel,” she says. “But I see other girls who are not involved with sports constantly changing diets and worrying about body issues. Some of them are dealing with eating disorders and you wonder if it will get worse once they get to college. I feel like I’m prepared to make the right decisions.”

About The Author

Pete Williams – Pete Williams is a contributing writer for CorePerformance.com and the co-author of the Core Performance book series.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, College, Pillar strength, Field Hockey, Women, Success Story

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