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Random Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, I spent some time in San Fransisco working and attending a seminar and had some time to reflect on things. I must say I feel pretty fortunate to be able to have a career that challenges me to learn, grow and want better for myself to better serve my clients.

Scotty, Chuck Taylor, and Team Titleist

Scotty, Chuck Taylor, and Team Titleist

The fact of the matter is, I am a teacher, plain and simple. I teach movement. Part of being a teacher is being student. If I cannot, learn and grow and expand my base how will I ever effectively teach? Part of being a teacher is crafting my expertise and helping a lot of people. That means I bust my ass working with clients and use much of my free to time trying to learn more from others that I look up to.

I am a 35 year old guy, that owns a fitness business dealing with golfers and their ability to compete pain free and excel at what they do. I do not sell sessions or packages, instead I sell my knowledge. I hold a college degree, and multiple advanced certifications and many many hours of continuing education that probably costs more than my college degree didi at this point- and I am not stopping. I want my studio to be a hub for education, so I have hosted seminars and am working on my own classes and seminars as well. I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to get me to where I am today- and I am still growing and changed and understand that the more I know, really the more I have to learn. I started a business with the mindset of helping my community better themselves through movement to enhance their lives and their sport.

It’s a very fun, rewarding profession and I feel fortunate to be able to do what I do in this day and age. I help people move better so they can feel better and live life to the best of their ability. I just happen to like the game of golf and really enjoy working with golfers because I find for the most part, they put in the effort to want to listen, learn and put into action what I am teaching them.

Mobility

Golf Fitness Training

What is mobility and why should I care?

Lets call it for what it is, mobility is movement. We were made to move and if we don’t move then we hurt, and if we hurt then life sucks. The goal is not to achieve extreme movement but rather to have OPTIMAL movement of joints and muscle tissues and here is why:
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Our joints– joint mobility is crucial to making sure we can live our lives without pain or compensation AND be able to perform athletic movements.
Our muscle tissue– Having the right length to our muscle tissues is important for spacial awareness and sensory information from the outside world to our central nervous system.

Mobility is fundamental and without it our coordination suffers which means our athleticism goes down and our potential for injury goes up.

How can we work on our mobility?
Get assessed! If you are coming back into working out after an injury or a lay off or if you feel generally uncoordinated, then getting an assessment can help us rule out any sort of joint related issue that may need a medical eye to have greater understanding of what is happening.
If after an assessment we find a tissue extensibility issue, stretching will greatly help you out.

Here are a couple of other things to consider when thinking about your mobility:
1) Nutrition. Guess what, what you eat can help or hinder your mobility.

2) Water up! Make sure you get 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water throughout the day.

3) Eat your fats and protein. There are some fats that are anti-inflammatory and can help with joint lubrication and motion. Protein is the building block of muscles not to mention multiple other systems and processes in our body. Eating the right fats and enough protein is just optimizing your recovery. You are what you eat.
Supplementation- Using supplements like multivitamin, BCAAs, and collagen can be helpful in recovery and improving mobility
Move Well- Move Often (nuff said)

If have any questions feel free to reach out!

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GOLF WRX ARTICLE

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My buddy Tim Mitchell is a golf instructor over at Pelican Hill Golf Resort in Newport Beach, CA and has on occasion contacts me to go see his students movement mechanics. Well a couple of months ago Tim emailed me some video a student that clearly understood what he wanted, but physically couldn’t execute – so Tim asked me to come out and evaluate. She continually would go into a reverse spine angle and that is not going to make for a good swing long term or healthy hip/spine mechaincs.

After seeing the video and knowing she is a pre-teen girl new to golf, I automatically thought of 2 things:

1) Does she have any previous injury history

2) Can her body handle the stability her swing is requiring of her

We went through a brief health history and previous injury intake with nothing to be concerned with and some formal testing in which we found poor stability in the side-to-side (lateral) and rotary movement planes, so I did some quick thinking and used a thera-band to trick her brain in to recognizing the need to brace (which you will see in the video below). After getting the feel of the band we had her hit a ball with the band on and her father commented that that was the first time he had ever seen her hit the ball straight!

Luckily, Tim was able to use that as a good teaching tool and I was able to see her for a few sessions to teach her some better movement mechanics and she is well on her way to a good swing and her goal of making the school team.
The link below will take you to Tim’s full article on Golf WRX and the video included below is a brief video description in which I tried to mimic her swing fault and the correction provided.

 

If you are a golfer and can’t figure out how to improve your swing- you need to look to your movement mechanics, take the time to find a TPI certified Trainer and get yourself checked out! Check back often for new articles!

 

Roy

 

The Value of a Team in Golf Instruction

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