Tag Archives: Cardiogolf

Cardiogolf Plank and Putt Challenge

Welcome to the Cardiogolf Plank and Putt Challenge that will help you get strong in your core and shave strokes off your score.  Simply follow along as I take you through a variety of plank exercises and putting drills.

Although putting may not seem like an athletic movement, you actually need to be strong in your arms, shoulders, core and legs to make your putting stroke smooth and natural.  Click here to read more.

According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association static and dynamic conditioning of the core musculature is important in activities of daily living and in sport. Static strength in core muscles is necessary to stabilize and hold a particular body position while other parts of the body move independently.  In the the putting stroke, you want your core to be stable as your arms and legs move independently.

Side plank exercises help strengthen core muscles, especially the lateral muscles that help you do side flexion to help keep your core stable while you putt.

Side Plank
  1. Lie on your side on the floor. Stack your legs and feet on top of each other.
  2. Place your bottom forearm on the floor under your shoulder, bending from the elbow.
  3. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from head to toe like a plank.
  4. Hold the position for 10 seconds while you contract your abdominal muscles. Rest for 5 seconds.
  5. Repeat on the other side.
  6. Do 3 to 4 repetitions on each side.
Minimize Your Wrist Action in the Putting Stroke

To help control your distance and direction on the putting green, you will want to minimize your wrist action in the putting stroke.  Let your arms hang naturally as you rock your shoulders back and forth with no attempt to break the wrists.

Try this Pilates and Putting Drill.

Click here to download the FREE Cardiogolf E-Book to learn how to warm up before your round of golf. 

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

Follow my blog at http://www.kpjgolf.com
Follow my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Cardiogolf/
Like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cardiogolf/
For more information visit http://cardiogolf.com

 

Cardiogolf Plank and Putt Challenge

Welcome to the Cardiogolf Plank and Putt Challenge that will help you get strong in your core and shave strokes off your score.  Simply follow along as I take you through a variety of plank exercises and putting drills.

Although putting may not seem like an athletic movement, you actually need to be strong in your arms, shoulders, core and legs to make your putting stroke smooth and natural.

When you are strong in your core and hips it is easier to stay in a bent over position and keep the lower body stable.  When you are strong in your core, your muscles protect your low back from long hours of putting practice.

When you are strong and flexible in your shoulders, arms and neck, it is easier to stay relaxed with the upper body and keep the head steady during the putting strong.

When you are strong in your arms and hands, it is easier to have a lighter more relaxed grip to stroke the putt more smoothly.

When you are stronger and more flexible, it is easier to have longer more fluid putting motion. If you are weak and inflexible, your putting stroke will be short and choppy.   You get the picture: stronger and fitter is better.

Planks

Planks are one of the best exercises to develop strength, not only in the core and hips but to develop upper body strength as well.  Planks are one of the best exercises to condition the core as well as help postural muscles, all important for the golf swing and putting stroke.

Basic Plank on Elbows

  1. Assume a push-up or plank position on the floor.
  2. Place your forearms  on the ground with your elbows aligned under your shoulders and your feet together.
  3. Tighten your core as you pull your abdominal muscles in and  relax your shoulders away from your ears.
  4. Align your neck, spine and hips in one line to form a plank.
  5. Hold position for 10 seconds.  Rest for 5 seconds
  6. Relax on your knees between each plank.
  7. Repeat plank exercise for 3 to 4 repetitions.
Putting

Good putters let the putter head swing naturally.  There is no attempt to manipulate the clubhead or direct the ball to the hole.  Simply let the putter swing back and forth in a pendulum motion.

 

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

Follow my blog at http://www.kpjgolf.com
Follow my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Cardiogolf/
Like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cardiogolf/
For more information visit http://cardiogolf.com

Summer Pilates Shape Up

When the weather is hot and humid, the last thing that you feel like doing is exercising, but keeping up your fitness is one of the best things you can do for yourself to stay healthy and injury free this summer.  Stay cool, take your exercise indoors and try Pilates.

Karen’s Summer Class Schedule

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.

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 fitness level 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.

Visit 15toFit.com to see schedule and sign up.  

 

 

 

 

 

V-Sit for Victory

The V-Sit exercise is an important exercise to help maintain and increase mobility in your core muscles. When core muscles are mobile, you will be able to rotate through full range of motion to increase length and power in your golf swing.

Add this exercise into your golf-specific workout routines to help increase functional strength, increase range of motion and help prevent injury.

V-Sit with Rotation

  • Sit on mat with your knees bent so that your trunk and legs form the letter ‘V’. Lean slightly back and keep your ankles and knees together and your feet touching the floor.
  • Hold a weight out to chest height.
  • Rotate your trunk while moving the weight to the outside of your right hip, then return to start position and then rotate the weight to the outside of your left hip.  Keep your abdominal muscles tight as you rotate the shoulders and trunk around the spine.
  • Inhale as you rotate to one side, then exhale as you return to start position and inhale as your rotate to the other side.
  • Alternate side to side for 8 to 10 repetitions.

To increase intensity, lift heels off the floor as you rotate weight from side to side.

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

Follow my blog at http://www.kpjgolf.com
Follow my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Cardiogolf/
Like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cardiogolf/
For more information visit http://cardiogolf.com

Ball Position for Solid Irons

Everything you do before you hit the ball determines the outcome of the shot. If you are inconsistent with your ball position at address, you will be inconsistent with your shots.

Ball position for short irons should be in the center of your stance. As you progress to longer clubs, move the ball a half of a rotation towards the target.

Here’s a quick tip to make sure that you position the ball correctly and consistently with irons.

Ball Position Drill 

  • Start with your 9-iron.  Set-up with your feet together so that the ball is directly in line with your sternum.  Take equal steps with both your back foot and front foot to shoulder width stance.  Ball position remains below your sternum in the middle of the stance.
  • This position will help you have a descending blow to the ball which is required for an iron. The clubhead will bottom out just after the ball and you’ll take a shallow divot.
  • Practice using this method to address the ball every swing and you will become more consistent with the ball position.
  • As you progress to longer clubs, move the ball a half of a rotation towards the target.

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

Follow my blog at http://www.kpjgolf.com
Follow my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Cardiogolf/
Like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cardiogolf/
For more information visit http://cardiogolf.com