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Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warmup Routine

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Want to start a golf-fitness program?  Don’t know where to start?  Start by improving your flexibility.  Do exercises that target chronically tight muscles in golfers.

How do you develop flexibility and mobility to improve your golf swing?

The first and foremost component of a golf fitness program is to stretch and balance muscles before you work on developing stability, strength and speed.

Start by incorporating a warm-up routine before your daily workout, practice or round of golf. You want to target muscles, used in the golf swing, that are chronically tight in golfers. For example: shoulders, upper back, hips and low muscles are typically tight in golfers.

Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warmup Routine

This is the Cardiogolf Pre-round warmup routine. For many of us, we used to be able to hop out of the car, go straight to the first tee and rip a drive down the middle of the fairway.  Now by skipping a warmup before a round of golf may mean it takes us 4 or 5 holes before you loosen up and gain your form and by that time your score may already be ruined. Here is a quick and easy pre-round warmup routine to help you avoid those big numbers on the scorecard.

The Point of a warmup is to elevate your heart rate to get blood flowing to warm muscles so they are loose and supple, so it is easier to swing. You can do this warmup at your house before your round of golf, if you don’t have a long drive to the golf course or on the driving range and don’t be embarrassed to do the routine, it couldn’t more humiliating than topping your drive off the first tee. There are many ways to warmup like jogging, doing jumping jacks or even taking practice swings.  I have chosen exercises that target golf-specific muscles.

Use a club for balance.

1. Hip Swings-We are going to start by warming up the hips muscles. Simply swing your knee back and forth for 10 to 15 seconds per leg. This movement will help want loosen up your muscles and joints and elevate your heart rate. These muscles are typically tight especially if you sit all day.

2. Inner and Outer Thighs-Next, let’s warm up the inner and outer thigh Swing your leg side to side in a controlled motion. These muscles are important to activate to because they enable you to shift weight in the golf swing. Again, do it for 10 to 15 seconds per leg. These exercises will also help you practice balance

3. Squats-Next, simply squat up and down like this.  This is an excellent overall exercise to build strength, but it will also get our heart rate up to warm up muscles to make them more elastic so they will move easier.

4. Cross-Crawl-From here, hold club like this and raise your knee to the opposite elbow.  The simple motion of crossing your elbow to your knee, activates both sides of brain to prepare your mind for the day. You should feel your heart rate getting faster.  Now, let’s move on to some golf specific motions.

5. Core Warm up-Put the club behind your back like this and practice shifting your weight back and forth. Practice the motion that you are going to be doing for the day. Shift your weight to back and then forward.  This exercise will also active core muscles that are so important in the golf swing.

6. Shoulder Warm up-Now put club behind shoulders and practice making a good shoulder turn. Try to get your shoulder under your chin and then practice finishing in balance. Now take a few smooth practice swings.

At this point, you should feel warmed up and even winded, younger athletes may even break a sweat.  Your muscles are loose, your joints are lubricated and now you can hit a few practice shots without feeling tight or head to first tee knowing you can swing freely for a good tee shot.

 

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Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Impact Drill

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Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique. If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move. Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.

The single most important moment in the golf swing is impact, and if your position is bad when you arrive there you’re in trouble.

For many average and higher-handicap golfers, their impact issues are caused by flipping their hands at impact instead of maintaining lag and forward shaft lean.

Ideally, you want to hit the ball with, not just your hands, but with your bigger muscles. What some call a full body swing-where the core muscles rotate and control the arms through impact- recruits bigger muscles to produce the swing. You create more power with faster clubhead speed and less effort.

Here is a drill to help your impact position.

Impact Drill
  • Set up to hit a shot with your Shortee Club.
  • Swing to the top and then swing down to impact.
  • Stop at your impact and hold position to check clubface.
  • Keep your abdominal muscles pulled in and keep your spine angle.
  • Simulate your golf swing as much as possible.
  • Do 8 to 10 repetitions.

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

Package Price: $595.00

Get Started Today!

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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 Video #106

Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Weight Shift Drill

Visit Cardiogolf.com to download the FREE Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm Up Routine E-Book.

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Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique. If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move. Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.

The Pivot Drill not only helps you learn correct body motion and to synchronize the weight shift and arms, but it can also help you stretch your shoulders, low back and build muscular endurance.

Do the Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm Up Routine.

Watch Karen Palacios-Jansen demonstrate this exercise.

Weight Shift Drill
  1. Assume your golf stance with your arms crossed across your chest.
  2. Turn back as if you were swinging a golf club making sure that your weight shifts to the inside of your back foot and your shoulders turn so that your back is to the target.
  3. Start the downswing by shifting your lower body weight towards the target, followed by your shoulders.
  4. Finish in balance.
  5. Return to the start position and repeat exercise.
  6. Do 8 to 10 repetitions.

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

Package Price: $595.00

Get Started Today!

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

 

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.

Follow my blog at Cardiogolf
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Cardiogolf Video #105

Do You Have 30 Seconds? Then You Have Time to Work on Your Golf and Fitness

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Do you have 30 seconds? Then you have time to work on your golf and fitness! A new study shows that short bursts of exercise has been found to be as equally beneficial as concentrated regular activity if it adds up to the total recommended amount for the week, and it can even reduce the risk of death, as published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

So now you have no excuses. Everyone can find a minute here and there to do exercise! In my opinion, daily practice is the key to success towards any goal.  Making 10 practice swings a day or exercising  for 5 minutes everyday will get you playing better and in better shape than exercising or practicing for two or three hours at a time, once a week or month. First of all, it is always hard to find big chunks of time to do massive workouts or beat balls on the driving range for hours.  Secondly, the long workouts and practice sessions usually lead to fatigued swings, injuries and ingrained bad habits.

There is something to be said about the momentum of taking small daily steps towards a goal that is cumulatively better than taking big steps with less frequency.

Strength training exercises, important for increasing muscle strength and bone mass, require the addition of weight or resistance to challenge the muscles. But I feel that free weights and machines can leave a golfer tight in the shoulders and chest, so if you are just starting to exercise, I  recommend you do exercises without weights, but still have some resistance.  This is a perfect example of one of those exercises that can help improve strength without using weights.

Resistance Golf Swing Drill

This is an isometric exercise which will contract your muscles because you are pushing the back of your hands together creating resistance. The main benefit of isometric exercise is that it doesn’t put any stress on joints.

  • Stand in a golf stance.
  • Stretch your front arm long and then put the back of you back hand (right hand for a right-handed golfer) against your front hand.
  • Create resistance by pushing the back of your hands together.
  • Keep the resistance as you make practice swings.
  • Start off slowly, then pick up the pace and increase the speed.
  • Do 8 to 10 repetitions.

Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

Cardiogolf-Trim Your Score, Shape Your Swing

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

Package Price: $595.00

Get Started Today!

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

 

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.

Follow my blog at Cardiogolf
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Cardiogolf Exercise 101

Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Practice Swings Can Help Reinforce Sound Golf Swing Fundamentals

Visit Cardiogolf.com to download the FREE Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm Up Routine E-Book.

Do the Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm Up Routine.

Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

Practice swings can help reinforce sound golf swing fundamentals and mechanics. Making practice swings can also get you into positions that you may not otherwise be able to get into when you swing at a ball full speed.

Watch Karen Palacios-Jansen and Christina Ricci, LPGA Teaching and Fitness Professionals, demonstrate the Cardiogolf Swing Positions.

Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique.  If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move.  Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.

Cardiogolf Swing Positions
  • Set up with your Shortee Practice Training Club.
  • Swing halfway back and stop. Check the clubface to make sure it is square.
  • Swing to the top of the backswing and stop. Checking your body motion and arm positions.
  • Slowly start the downswing and stop at the halfway down point.  The clubhead should be behind the hands at this point.
  • Stop at impact. Check the clubface position and make sure your weight is shifting towards the target.
  • Slowly release the club and stop at the halfway through point.  Arms should be extended.
  • Finish the swing in a balanced position.
  • Repeat positions slowly for 8 to 10 repetitions.

Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

 

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.

Follow my blog at Cardiogolf
Follow my Instagram at Cardiogolf
Like my Facebook page at Cardiogolf
For more information visit Cardiogolf.com

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