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Why Should You Warm Up?

Stretch used to teach separation of upper and lower body

Why should we warm up?

You know the guy that gets out of his car, does a quick shoulder stretch, pops his neck and touches his toes before getting in a workout? If you know him, slap him, if you are him, smack yourself then read this article on how to get a proper warm up in:

There are a few different ways to warm up before a workout, but if your focus is on improving your fitness for golf, or to warm up before a practice session/round of golf and its important to understand that by doing a good warm up we can optimize our performance.  The types of warm ups we will talk about today are 1) General Warm up, 2) Specific Warm Up

The General Warm-up:

Hip Hinge Drill

Hip Hinge Drill with a dowel to promote better posture

The General Warm-Up will firstly help increase your body temperature. Why does that matter? Well a good general warm up will improve circulation by pumping blood out to your periphery via opening up smaller blood vessels which is a good thing. This increase in blood flow will help make our muscles a bit more pliable and ready for movement under load. Lastly, a good general warm up will help to lubricate our joints.

Specific Warm-up:

Specific Warm-Ups will help us focus on particular areas like feet and ankles, or we may decide to warm-up a certain pattern or position like a half kneeling position.  Our body knows where it is in space because of little sensors embedded in around our joints and through our muscle tissue.  If you have a particular area you want to work on or focus on, a specific warm up for that area will help with all the stuff we just listed under general warm-up and give the added benefit a specific area or pattern.

Based on your assessment, a good warm up can serve as an injury prevention tool as we are cuing up your bodies main sensory organisms (brain, joints, muscle, connective tissue), and a way to get our minds right for the task at hand.

How do we warm-up?

Check out this little video I posted up on YouTube for a proper ground based warm up. It hits everything we talked about in this article.

If have any questions feel free to reach out!

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How Should I Practice?

How Should I Practice?

How do you practice your swing? Did you know that how you practice can affect how you learn?  What we do can either help gain/retain skills or hinder your progress altogether.  With that being said, there are a couple of different ways we can practice to acquire or improve a skill and they are:

Blocked Practice-

We’ve all done it, gone to the range got a large bucket and went after it hitting the same club over and over again mindlessly.  It great when you are first starting out as it teaches/trains the left side of the brain which is responsible for sequence and order. Left brain training really likes order like: A, B, C, D… and is great for someone just starting out or really trying to refine a feel but will quickly lose its effectiveness if over used. Great for training how to grip the club, or setup routine, but quickly loses effectiveness when hitting shot after shot.

This is a photo of Roy Khoury and Tim Mitchell, PGA Roy_Khoury_Fitness

Randomized Practice-

Random practice is practicing how you would play. So you can either use playing a few holes as random practice or even use a range session to practice different distances or shot shapes with the same club, or utilizing a different club per shot. Random practice is more like actually playing golf, and actually helps you build the ability to problem solve while working on your skill.

When you are new to a sport or movement its good to challenge the left brain in repetition, logical and objective goal setting.  When you are proficient with your task, random practice helps challenge the right brain and its creativity, thought and performance. That being said, both types of practice are helpful for acquiring and improving your game, they just access different parts of the brain and challenge you in different ways, so its good to understand both and how both can help you.  See how it works for you!

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Remodel Time!!!

After 2.5 years we are remodeling the studio! Stay tuned for more information on new classes, workshops and training!

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Functional Strength

Turkish Get Ups
Turkish Get Ups

Roy Khoury working with a juniors group class teaching get-ups

How do I obtain Functional Strength?

Do you strength train? I hope so. Strength is needed when building power especially for the golf swing.  If you aren’t lifting to improve your Functional Strength you might be strong but you aren’t going to optimize what you got.

What do I mean by that?
Functional strength- to me- means a couple of things:

  • Can you maintain a good spine position through your lifts?

I call it working on your “spinal hygiene”. Strength, and energy transference are highly dependent on you keeping a good spine through your sub maximal lifts. If not you will get stronger but it will be through cheating.

  • Do you train strength through all planes of motion?

The human body can move forward/backward, side to side, and in rotation. If you are an athlete, managing your body in balance and strength through all these ranges of motion becomes important. Depending on your sport, some planes of motion can be more important than other but guess what functional strength takes this into consideration.

  • Is your body in balance with strength?

To check balance of strength, one assessments I might start with is from the Titleist Performance Institute (www.myTPI.com). This test looks at the athlete’s ability to demonstrate strength, speed and power for golf (and all rotary sports really). We have metrics that allow us (TPI Certified) to know if you are in balance with upper body, lower body and core strength and power.

If have any questions, or would like to schedule your appointment, feel free to reach out!

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GOOD, BETTER, BEST

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I think walking when playing is a great way to stay loose and focused during your round and its a great workout, especially if you are playing a tough course like Black Gold, Monarch Beach or Tijres Creek. But like anything its best to be prepared. So I wrote and article called Good, Better, Best that my buddies at California Golf Magazine put up on their website. Hopefully you find some benefit out of it too!

I highly encourage walking versus riding when you play. It’s a great way keep your mind focused while playing and it’ll burn some extra calories while having fun. That being said, I do recommend you build up yourself up off the course first to ensure you aren’t running out of gas on the back nine. You don’t want to be huffing and puffing on your way to a birdie putt. So while walking while playing might be good, being prepared for it is better, and that will ensure your best every round. Read on to what I suggest to my clients for their golf conditioning.

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Good- Walking

We all know walking is a good physical activity, and we all should walk 20-30 minutes everyday for general health and fitness. The most common complaint I hear revolves around time, my answer is, Do yourself a favor and make some time. Use half of your lunch break or skip the 2nd half of Sports Center to walk. That being said, I never suggest mindless cardio so try to disconnect from your cell phone or iPod while walking and focus on tall posture and belly breathing. Don’t worry the TV will be there when you get back.

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Better- Intervals

If you have been walking and need to step up the intensity, try some Interval training. Intervals are about taking your intensity up for a short period then dropping it down to catch your breath before doing it again.  I start all my healthy golfers with at a 3:1 (rest to work ratio) on the treadmill.  The protocol is walk at 3 mph for 1 min and 30 seconds, then run (or sprint if you can) at a speed suitable for you for 30 seconds.  You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel on the course after just a couple of interval sessions.

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Best- Circuit Training

I will stand on my soapbox here for a minute and say this, it’s wise to make sure you are ready to train and have a good routine based on your needs and fitness level, so seeing a qualified Golf Fitness Instructor is ideal here.  Now that that’s out of the way, circuit training is great to challenge your fitness and involves doing 3 or more exercises back to back with no rest until that set is complete.  For golf conditioning, I like to group a high intensity exercise (like Medicine Ball Throws), followed a strength exercise (like Push Ups) and follow that up with a balance activity (like Single Leg Balance in Golf Posture). Set a timer for 3 minutes and do your Medicine Ball Throws for minute 1, for minute 2 do your Push Ups, then finish your last minute with Golf Posture Balance on your left leg for 30 sec, then balance on your right for 30 sec.  For that example 1 set will last 3 min straight, move and do your drills for the entire time! No rests until that last minute is done. Take a minute off then repeat another set.

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Good, Better, Best is all about progress, we are all where we are in terms of our fitness. Once we understand it and embrace it we work on it.  It will benefit your overall health and improve your fitness and ability to score when it counts.

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