Golf Workouts – The Golf Trainer

I've seen many programs on the net that say they are golf workouts for golfers. What I usually see is pictures of a guy sitting in a machine in a gym. This is not considered golf-specific training. Golf is standing not sitting for starters.

Another thing I see is a strength-only program, or a stretching-only one. This is a big mistake. The golf swing requires BOTH strength and stretching to be able to repeat a sound mechanically swing with power and consistency.

Any workout for golfers should have a stretching exercise to compliment every strength exercise. They go hand-in-hand. So every set of a strength exercise you do should be immediately follow by a stretch to keep that muscle group loose. The added benefit to this approach is more calorie-burning as this is considered active rest. You are still working your muscles in between resistance exercises, but they are being stretched instead.

When you think of how explosive the golf swing is…and how much flexibility you need to make a full backswing for 18 holes, it should be no surprise that strength and flexibility is a powerful one-two punch for any golf workout program. To give you an example of how this works, take a look at the below pictures. On the top is a golf strength exercise targeting the lower back muscles, and on the bottom is a stretch for that specific area where I'm rounded over the ball.

This is just one example of how you should do your golf workout routine. This article is provided by Mike Pedersen at Perform Better Golf. For a complete golf stretching and strengthening program, take a look at Mike's Golf Fitness System !

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