Because the golf swing requires repeating the same movement, some muscles become overused, others may weaken causing imbalances. Pilates is a full body exercise system that works all muscles, it’s low impact, helps increase strength and stability and improves flexibility.
In the golf swing, you want your core to be stable as your arms and legs move independently; similar to the Hundred exercise in Pilates.
The Hundred exercise is the first of the classical Pilates exercises that helps warm the body and strengthen core muscles. It is a breathing exercise that focuses awareness on your core stability while working active flexibility in your arms and legs.
- Lie on your back with your legs in tabletop position. Your spine should lay supported along the ground as you lengthen your neck.
- Extend your arms by your sides with your palms facing downwards.
- Inhale to prepare and then exhale curl your head and shoulders up and raise your arms and hands a few inches off the ground.
- Begin pumping your arms up and down smoothly but vigorously as you inhale for 5 counts, then exhale for 5 counts.
- Repeat this breathing pattern for 10 repetitions, totally 100 counts.
Keep your torso stable and legs stable. Avoid popping your abdominals muscles outward.
- Strengthens and stabilizes core muscles.
- Increases blood circulation.
- Optimizes breathing.
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 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.