April 11, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community
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The Masters just wrapped up, which means spring golf is right around the corner. The most important thing you can do to start the 2016 golf season is to change the way you think. Most golfers feel that the best way to lower their handicap and get the most out of their golf game is to practice their short game, spend hours on the range and hit drivers until their hands are raw. This approach will get your game ready for your club’s first member/guest tournament but if you want to really make a difference, change your body.
Is golf just about scoring low? Isn’t it also about the golf experience? The walk, the fresh air, and that feeling you get when you find the center of the club face and watch the ball effortlessly land in the middle of the fairway. Ensuring that you enjoy the round, and avoid needing an ice pack when you get home, requires a game plan.
You will enjoy golf a lot more, and I guarantee your game will improve, if you are moving better and feeling better. Here is a dynamic warm up to ensure you do just that.
The pre-round warm up needs be simple, require no equipment other than a golf club and be performed on the driving range in golf clothing. All movements should be conducted in a space no larger than a range stall. Avoid movements that distract fellow golfers or interrupt their pre-round preparation.
A pre-shot routine breeds confidence and relaxes the golfer before executing their shot. The dynamic warm up has the same effect if performed the same way, in the same order at the same intensity every time.
Below is an example of the simple and effective on-range golf warm up that you can incorporate into your pre-round routine. My PGA Tour and LPGA players perform this warm up before each round and every practice session. I have a good feeling it might just work for you as well. Enjoy your round!
April 01, 2016 / Category: Fun Side of Fitness
Spring is right around the corner, and that means moving some of your workouts outdoors. Sunlight, fresh air, green trees – an outdoor workout sounds just like a vacation! And we promise that your treadmill won’t get offended if you ditch the incline and hit a natural hill every once in awhile.
January 01, 2016 / Category: Fitness Community
We’ve talked about the ACSM list of the top fitness trends of 2016 [link to previous blog post], and they’re all good trends to know and keep in mind. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has its own list, which provides plenty of detail on what ACE expects for next year, and a slightly different take on 2016.
These 10 trends are pretty fascinating, and a couple of the most interesting points have a direct impact on small group training. That’s an area where facilities really need to focus their attention in 2016.