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How to Build a Consistent and Powerful Golf Swing

Last month we met with TPI Certified Personal Trainer, Adam Tobias on exercises you can incorporate into your routine to improve your golf game and prevent injury. Since posture is very important to your golf swing, we decided to take this a step further. Bri and I met with Adam to learn more about the TPI Evaluation and how to improve your posture and consistency.

Adam went into more detail on postures and discussed the three different types; C, S, and neutral.  “Golfers are at their weakest and it is hard to play in the C and S postures” he explained. “This is where more things can go wrong in your swing and it can lead to many issues later.”

C-Posture
S-Posture

Next, we discussed the neutral posture and how to maintain it. “Research shows the neutral posture is the best stance to keep your golf swing consistent” says Adam. 

Neutral Posture

How do we eliminate the C and S posture for good? Learn how to perform the 3 MUST-HAVE movements, Dead Bug, Thoracic Rotation, and Hip Hinge. Incorporate these into you weekly workout routine and you will gain the proper strength and mobility to make a powerful swing.

Dead Bug Beginner
Dead Bug Advanced
Thoracic Rotation Beginner
Thoracic Rotation Advanced
Hip Hinge- Beginner
Hip Hinge- Advanced
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Better Your Golf Swing

Nordy trying to teach me to putt

Golf….a sport I will always struggle with. My degree was in Sports and Fitness Management; therefore, I had a few fun easy courses (or so I thought) I got to choose from each semester. One year, I took a golf class. I thought to myself, “I lift weights, I should be able to hit that ball easily!” On the first day, I quickly realized I was the only female in my class. We got to choose who we were paired with and in the beginning, everyone wanted to be my partner. After a few classes, myself and all my classmates realized I could hit the ball far, but not in the right direction. By the end of the semester, when I would arrive to class every guy would run in the opposite direction. They would quickly pair up with each other, leaving me to be the odd man out and I had to play with our professor. I knew then, and I know now, golf is not my sport, but it is my husband’s (Nordy)! Now that it is golf season Nordy suggested Bare Bodi should do a post on some exercises you can incorporate into your routine that will generate speed in your swing and prevent injury. I started to ask him questions for our blog and he suggested we should talk to a couple of his friends whose profession is in this and could provide better information. We met with Adam Tobias, who has been working in the golf and fitness industries for 25 years and is also TPI certified. 

When we first started putting this together, we were going to have a section for legs, core, and flexibility. As I first engaged Adam, I explained our objective and brought up some info for our first section on the legs; “Strong hamstrings and glutes lay the groundwork for your golf swing. Tight hamstrings can make it difficult to maintain your golf posture.” He said. “That is correct, but let’s stop right there and discuss. We could literally talk on this portion for hours.”

Adam first discussed the importance of posture. He said, “Most faults come when a person can’t maintain a neutral spine in their swing.” He compared it to how a fitness competitor stands; back and glutes are flexed, and lower back is slightly arched, which is the exact opposite of the correct golf posture. The hamstrings can cause the most issues for maintaining posture, especially when they are tight and weak. This will ultimately lead to back pain for golfers as well.

We then started discussing the best exercises that target the glutes and hamstrings. I brought up dead lifts, squats, and lunges. Adam agreed, but added “It is important for golfers to perform exercises one side at a time. This is due to golfers constantly swinging from the same side of their body which can lead to lower crossed syndromes, where a muscle on one side of the body is weak which will lead to another muscle injury on the other side.”

Adam met with Bri to demonstrate some of these exercises for both beginners and skilled golfers.

Single Leg Deadlift
It is important to flex the knee to force the hamstring to work.

Beginner

Advanced


Split Squat
Use a pole or bands vs. weights to limit hip rotation.

Beginner
Advanced

Lastly, we discussed how overall flexibility is extremely important for golf athletes. Adam walked Bri through the correct way to stretch your glutes and hamstrings. There are 2 steps in this stretch and a lot people skip the first and go straight to the second.

Toe Touch Stretch

Toe Touch Part I
Toe Touch Part 2

Start incorporating these exercises in your routine to improve your golf swing and prevent injury now that golf season is upon us. Stay tuned for more golf fitness tips through out the summer! If you are interested in learning more about how to improve your golf game tailored to your weaknesses, sign up with Adam to do a TPI assessment. adam.tobias@sbcglobal.net #Fore #19thhole

  Thanks to Zone Personal Fitness for letting us film in their gym!

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Beefcake or Sweet Cheeks?

My husband Jeff and I went to Marco Island, Florida over Thanksgiving this past year. On our first night we took a photo together by the sunset. Jeff looked at the photo on his phone and immediately tried to delete it and then became very quiet. I asked him what was wrong. He confided to me he was disappointed in the amount of weight he gained over the past several months and he needed to make a change. He added, being over 50 makes it even harder. I told him that I thought he looked handsome, but if he wasn’t happy then I could help him lose the extra weight. He agreed and said he wanted to start immediately. Thus the journey from Beefcake to Sweet Cheeks began! The next day he began doing my workouts that he previously claimed were too hard and stupid. Over the last 5 months, Jeff has lost 17 lbs doing my “stupid” workouts. I asked Jeff recently what he thought helped him lose the weight and he said….

1- “Consistency” Every morning he was eager for his workout for the day. Since Thanksgiving, he has worked out 6 days a week and hasn’t missed one. He even secretly told me he looks forward to doing them.

2- “I don’t get bored.” Jeff explained, because every workout is different, he stays motivated and continues to be challenged. He used to do the same workout for every body part and not at a high enough intensity. Now combining the cardio with strength training circuits, he feels more challenged during every workout and the variety occupies his short attention span 😉

3- “The workouts are not time consuming.” He hates to spend hours in a gym and feels like he can get a good workout in less than hour.

4- “Being more aware of what I eat.” Due to Jeff working from home, he got bored eating the food from our fridge. He was eating out for every meal all week long. He agreed to eat dinner at home during the week and only out on the weekends. He also stopped excessive snacking at night. I made sure to have our fridge stocked with healthy snacks he could have when he got that night time craving.

During this process, Jeff let his impatience get the better of him. Although, he stayed committed to his workouts, he was still a sourpuss when he got home. He got extremely frustrated when he wasn’t seeing significant results and I reminded him “Rome was not built in a day.” I told him to stick to the process and you will notice a change. As you can see in his photos, this is exactly what happened. 5 months later he is finally seeing his results. If you are trying to lose weight in a healthy way, remember it won’t happen over night and you must stay committed to the process.

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Simplify & Intensify Your Workouts With Resistance Bands

If you are in the market for a piece of exercise equipment that is inexpensive, user friendly and effective in so many ways; look no further than RESISTANCE BANDS! Below are 3 simple reasons to add this versatile piece of equipment to your routine, enjoy the change!

  1. Convenience: you can use them anywhere! Resistance bands are small, lightweight, and easy to store making them the ultimate travel companion for work trips or vacations. Not every hotel or home has a world class gym on site or near by, so packing resistance bands in your luggage will allow you to have a challenging workout no matter where you go! Use them in your hotel room, hallway or parking lot!
  2. Challenging: resistance bands can provide a change in stimulus to your muscles which helps improve strength, stability, and can even push you pass plateaus. If you are able to perform 20 glute bridges without feeling challenged, try adding a mini resistance band around your thighs right at the top of your knee and push against the band while you bridge…20 reps isn’t such a cake walk anymore! That new burning sensation in the sides of your hips means you are developing those muscles!
  3. Versatile: anybody can use them! Whether you are young, old, a beginner, a seasoned athlete or recovering from an injury, resistance bands are effective for all! You can use them in a dynamic warm ups, stability work before a free weight workout, or as a light/joint friendly form of resistance after an injury before progressing back to free weights. Endurance athletes can use bands to warm up their lower body before long runs or bike rides.