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Golf-Fitness is Not Easy, But Nothing Easy is Ever Worth Doing

It would be totally awesome, if you could just buy new driver or get a quick tip on the driving range before your round of golf to fix your game and play your best. But you all know, deep down inside, that quick fixes and new equipment can never really cure a lifetime of bad swing habits and physical limitations.

Truly the only way to improve your golf game is to constantly push yourself physically and mentally beyond your comfort zone.

Golf-fitness will always feel hard because it is exercise and exercise is work. Exercise elevates your heart rate, takes your breath away, makes you sweat and causes your muscles to burn and fatigue. It is tiring and sometimes even painful. Exercise does get easier with time, but it will never be easy. If it were easy and it didn’t challenge you, then it wouldn’t be exercise and it wouldn’t improve the way you move, feel and look.

The good news is that, regardless of your age or current physical abilities, it has been proven that exercise can add years to your life, prevent illness and disease and make you feel and look better. And you don’t need to spend hours in the gym.  New studies show that even short bursts of exercise and movement are just as effective as long fitness sessions.

What can golf-fitness do for your golf game? 

An efficient golf swing requires stability, power, balance, and coordination. A golf-fitness program provides the foundation to build all these necessary characteristics. Strength and flexibility are essential to producing distance and increasing swing speed. Many swing faults are the result of poor fitness; therefore, strength and flexibility through a golf-fitness program make it possible to swing efficiently.

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I am not making this stuff up. Check out how tour players Lexi Thompson, Dustin Johnson and our own Scott McCarron work on their golf-fitness.

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

Karen will design an individualized golf-specific workout program 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.

Five Session Package Includes:

(2) Pilates Reformer Sessions to improve overall strength, flexibility, coordinaCon, balance and to help prevent injury
(2) Cardiogolf Sessions with drills to improve swing technique and lower your scores
(1) Fitness Screen and Golf Swing Assessment

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Karen Palacios-Jansen is a LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and a Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Golf Fitness. Karen serves as the National Vice President of the LPGA Teaching And Club Professionals Membership and has been voted as one of America’s  “Top 50 Golf-Fitness Professionals” by Golf Digest Magazine and  “Top 50 Instructor” by LPGA.  Karen received the prestigious LPGA National Teacher of the Year award in 2008.

LPGA Teaching and Course ProfessionalsKaren Palacios-Jansen is the creator of Cardiogolf, a golf-fitness program available at Cardiogolf.comKaren’s website at www.kpjgolf.comis a ‘must-see’ resource for golf and fitness instruction. Follow Karen online on Twitter and Facebook.

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Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Uphill and Downhill Lie Drill with Foot Lift

This is your Cardiogolf 5-Minute Golf and Fitness Break where we work on our golf game and exercise at same time.

Practice something about your game everyday.  #CardioGolfChallenge

When you play golf, you almost never have a completely flat lie on the golf course like you do at the practice range. It may be difficult to recreate those sidehill, downhill and uphill lies on the practice range, but you can do it at the gym or at home.

Simply taking practice swings with your stance at different levels can help prepare you for how it will feel on the golf course. Use a step or bench to simulate the uneven slope. This will not only help your swing technique but help you develop strength and balance as well.

Uphill and Downhill Lie Drill with Foot Lift
  • Simulate an uphill lie by placing your front foot on a step or bench.
  • Lean your weight slightly towards your back foot and hold a club or hand weight as if you were going to hit a shot.
  • Swing to the top and stop to make sure that your weight is loaded into your back leg.
  • Feel the weight on the inside of the back foot and keep the back knee slightly flexed.
  • Lift your front foot to balance on your back leg, hold for a moment, then set foot down again.
  • Return to start position.
  • Rehearse your backswing for 8 to 10 repetitions.
  • Repeat on the downhill lie.

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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

If you don’t have enough room to swing a regular club, use the ‘Shortee Practice Training Club’ by GolfGym.  Click here for more information. 

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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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