Golf Workout!

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Question: I am getting back into golf but I would like to be a lot better before I go back on the golf course and I am really out of shape. Is there anything different I should do other than to lose weight and get stronger?
Answer: There are a lot of things you will need to do differently. Every sport has distinct area to focus on but the common link in training is to build a better athlete for the sport you want to pursue.
For golf, work on cardio conditioning. Carrying a bag for 18 holes and not being too fatigued to focus on your game is a big part of playing well. Use a treadmill as your primary method of cardio and walk uphill for 30 minutes.
Strengthening your core is an essential portion of your training. This includes working abdominals, hip flexors, lower back, obliques, intercostals and glutes.
Some exercises that you will need to do include hanging knee raises, plank, side plank, reverse crunches, reverse hypers, squats and lunges.
For upper body do pulldowns or pull-ups if you can. Bench presses, triceps pressdowns, barbell curls and shoulder presses finish off upper body exercises. Don’t neglect training your forearms which will improve your grip. Wrist curls, reverse grip barbell curls and reverse grip wrist curls will help build Popeye forearms.
The final piece of the puzzle for golf is to become more flexible. Stretch after you finish training. Stretch your calves, hamstrings, and quads first. Then your upper back and lats, chest, biceps, triceps and forearms.
Two days a week of weight training with the additional cardio on alternating days will help to make you the best athlete you can be for golf and could give you an additional 25 to 50 yards on your long game.
After you are used to the core work advance your workouts by including rotational exercises like pike medicine ball twists to improve power through a range of motion similar to your golf swing. You should feel differently after about two weeks and see a difference in your game within a month.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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