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Golf Season is still weeks away-take advantage of this off-time to get in golf shape

Spring is still weeks away. Why not use this time, that you have to spend indoors anyway, to get into golf shape.  By the time spring rolls around, you’ll be better equipped to hit the links!

Here are 11 reasons to start a golf-fitness program to motivate you to get to the gym.  

Practice Indoors

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Better with Friends-Grab Your Best Pal and Get in Shape

How many times have you started—and then stopped—a workout routine? If you’re like many people, the answer is probably, a lot. But if you’re one of the few people who has managed to sustain exercise from year to year, can you name the reason why? Does it have something to do with people?

In fact, people are the key to keeping up with exercise, to pushing ourselves. People, oftentimes in group exercise classes, get us to try new things. They hold us accountable. They keep us testing our muscles and our strength. And that goes in particular for group exercise classes taught by an instructor. They can keep us from doing things wrong, and teach us how to do things right. And when it comes to group exercise offerings, the flexibility and breadth of class types and times also help many of us keep on working out.

Why else does group exercise matter? This graphic explains it.

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Are Pilates for Golfers? Yes!

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I’ve embarked on a journey to learn more about Pilates because I feel it is a game changer to help golfers to increase strength, mobility and flexibility.
Pilates has always been a great tool for conditioning golfers and there is an infinite amount of Pilates programs for golfers, but the most important thing is to find an instructor that can help you focus on your needs and goals.
When I wanted to learn more about Pilates I sought out the help of Pilates instructor Patrea Aeschliman, owner of 15 to Fit Pliates Studio. Patrea  has exposed me to the  Pilates reformer, which I’ve discovered, is one of the best ways of increasing flexibility, strength and stability for golf.
The reformer was created by founder Joseph Pilates.  It has a flat platform on which you lay or sit on, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth with resistance from springs. The springs provide different levels of resistance to not only to strengthen but also lengthen muscles. The instability of the rolling carriage, along with the resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance.
Pilates teaches you where to place your focus for success. Pilates will help you develop core strength, so you can learn to swing from a strong center. Pilates helps make your golf swing effortless.
Are Pilates for golfers?  I say yes.  First, Pilates is resistance training and every golfer should be doing some form of strength training to, not only help you function better, live longer and speed metabolism, but to gain distance.  Secondly, Pilates can help you stretch and strengthen your body evenly to help balance muscles and improve posture to prevent injuries and swing compensations. I have started to incorporate Pilates into my Cardiogolf workouts to help improve:
  • CONCENTRATION-Pilates teaches you breath control to help you stayed focus throughout your round of golf.
  • CORE STRENGTH-Pilates will help you develop core strength, so you can learn to swing from a strong center (your core) and prevent injury.
  • BODY CONTROL-Pilates can help you develop strength and stability (your ability to hold certain positions) to make your golf swing effortless.
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Cross Training for Golfers

Most country clubs are closed on Mondays to give the staff a rest and do golf course maintenance. So Mondays are a good day to do your cross training. The principle of cross training for golfers is to improve mobility, flexibility, stability, balance, strength, endurance, and power to help create a  profienct swing. Cross training is something other than swinging the golf club. 

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The repetitive nature of the golf swing can lead to muscle imbalances, sore joints and muscles and injury.  When you swing at a ball, the body is continually replicating the same movement with force that can lead  to developing a series of opposing strengths and weaknesses.

For this reason it is important to cross-train and do exercises that help balance out your muscles. But not just any exercises: you need to do balancing exercises.

According to Robin Long, Pilates expert, imbalances often go unnoticed, and therefore un-corrected, because many traditional exercise regimens don’t incorporate single-side exercises. Many times our stronger side does the majority of the work in a given exercise and we don’t even know it. Consequently, our stronger side gets stronger and our weaker side gets weaker.  In Pilates, you will do a variety of single-side exercises where you can control the amount of repetitions and resistance to balance the opposing side.

Pilates uses controlled movements, focusing on your core muscles to build body strength, flexibility and endurance. It’s a total body conditioning routine to help you strengthen, lengthen and tone muscles without high impact movements.  It is a perfect regimen for golfers.

Cardiogolf Creator, LPGA Teaching Professional, Golf-Fitness Specialist and Certified Pilates Instructor Karen Palacios-Jansen teams up with 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre and Fitness to help you take your fitnesslevel or golf game to the next level.

Karen leads various Pilates classes to help you strengthen, lengthen and tone your muscles. Classes combine Pilates Reformers, Pilates Springboards and Cross Core Trainers for a total body workout.

Karen will also design an individualized fitness and or golf-specific workouts for you combining Pilates reformer exercises with her unique Cardiogolf fitness program to help you improve your core strength, posture, balance, flexibility and swing technique to build more a powerful and repeatable golf swing.

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I Spotted Jason Day Doing Cardiogolf Drills

In this month’s Golf Digest Magazine, Jason Day gives some of his favorite golf tips to hit greens in regulation.  One of the tips is how to hit an uphill lie.  He practices by placing his front foot on a step to simulate an uphill lie, just like we do in Cardiogolf.

It is hard to practice uphill lies on the driving range because there aren’t any sloped lies, so the best way to practice is in the gym using a step to simulate the slope.

For the uphill lie, place your front foot on the step and angle your shoulders and hips the same as the slope.  You will feel like you have more weight on your back leg.  As you swing back, keep the flex in your back knee.  At the top of your swing, you will feel the weight on the inside of your back foot.  Where people go wrong is that they straighten their back leg, shifting their weight towards the target, the opposite of what you want to do.

On the downswing, follow the slope letting the clubhead swing up the slope not into it. Even though you won’t be able to follow-through completely, make sure you swing the club shaft so that it touches your shoulder on follow-through for a complete swing.

Do what Jason Day’s coach Col Swotten says, “follow the earth with your clubhead”.

PHOTO CREDIT-Golf Digest Magazine