January 14, 2018

Why are we afraid to load the spine?

This post is sparked from some recent articles I have read touting one of the benefits of single leg exercises being that you can strengthen the LE’s while minimizing load on the spine. I think single leg exercises are great and should be included, to some degree, in all athlete’s training programs. Where I have an issue is with this fear of loading the spine and treating loading the spine as a bad thing.
December 31, 2017

My Personal Golf Fitness Case Study

I don’t generally make New Year’s Resolutions but this year I have decided to perform a case study on myself. I recently fell off the wagon if you will with my training, my eating habits and my golf practice. This fall from the wagon was started by the birth of my son in August and continued on with a minor surgical procedure and a bout of low back pain both taking me out of activity a couple of weeks each at the end of the year. I finished it all off with the holidays enjoying way too much food and drink. Therefore it has been about a month since I have been under the bar and have only played on average once a month since August. I tell you all of this because it is important to remember that his happens to everyone even those of us that are in the profession of health and fitness.
November 16, 2017

Golfers are not fragile!

This article originates from a twitter interaction I had with Nick Buchan of @StrongerGolf and Alex Ehlert of @GolfingAthlete1. The conversation started with a tweet by Nick stating “Strength and movement quality are not mutually exclusive, they can and should be trained simultaneously.” I couldn’t agree more with that statement.
November 9, 2017

Are you warming up properly?

A warm up, whether it is prior to a workout or playing a sport, should provide exactly what the name states, it should warm you up. Think of it as a way to prime all of the systems of your body for the activity you are about to perform nothing less, nothing more. In my experience most people either don’t do enough warm up or do too long of one with a bunch of unnecessary movements or exercises. I like to break my warm ups into four phases: General warm up, movement/correctives, Speed work and activity specific movements.
October 30, 2017

Winter time, time to get your body golf ready.

Although here in Louisiana we don't really have a true winter for a lot of people this time of year the clubs go in the closet or at the very least your frequency of playing decreases. I know for me, if the temperature drops in the 50's or below it is hard to convince myself to get out there.
October 19, 2017

Managing Tension

I think an under appreciated but important aspect of any athletes program especially golfers is arousal management. Tension came from many sources both mental and physical.
October 12, 2017

Strength Training and Injury Prevention

I recently came upon a great article from Nick Buchan and Alex Ehlert of Stronger Golf discussing strength training and Injury prevention in golf and sports. While there is a lot of debate out there whether golfers working out is helping them or hurting them the data clearly points toward the helping part. While there are a few high profile players known for working out who have battled injuries lately there is a much longer list of those who workout and lift weights of moderate to heavy loads that aren't injured.
October 3, 2017

The Importance of Pelvic Control in the Golf Swing

I wanted to share a little bit about how the pelvis works with the golf swing and the importance of having the mobility and control needed to make those movements
September 22, 2017

Debunking Golf Fitness Myths

First of all I would like to start with that fact that although I used this term in the title I don't really care for the phrase "Golf Fitness". Golf is an athletic endeavor just like any other sport and should be trained for no different than any other sport.
September 15, 2017

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