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post #1 of 12
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Few years ago I was into this hard core but stopped for about a year. I took up golf 5 months ago and I struggle with distance (i'm 29 and quite slim build). Anyway a guy told me to go gym so I started P90X again and I can definitely feel me hitting slightly further. I don't work out as much though because I do 18 holes once or twice a week. Doing a 5-6 day workout is too much with golf rounds ontop so I workout 3 days a week now 

 

Chest and Back

Shoulders and Arms

Legs and Back

 

Be interesting to see if anyone else does this workout whilst playing golf and to see what they do different

post #2 of 12

I did it and a hybrid of P90X, P90X+ and Insanity for about 18 months.

Then I took some time off.

I've just restarted again about 3 weeks ago.

 

(I'm the 47 year old guy with two bad knees and asthma - and under this workout I run circles and lift more than 90% of the kids around me 20 years younger).

 

 

It's great for anything.  General fitness, etc.  I would say that it's a bit intense for most. and also too hard for most people I see around.  But one can build up to it.  I wouldn't change anything about it for golf.  Maybe one thing, it's VERY shoulder and core intensive, so be aware of your shoulders and how they feel during the workout and during rounds.  Also, the Back workouts don't really address the lower/lumbar area much - I'd augment with sets of romainian deadlifts or the like.

 

But if all you are doing is the lifting workouts and avoiding the others (Cardio, Plyo and Yoga) - then you are seriously missing hte point of it.

 

That said, those are great lifting workouts.  So if that's what you want - it's great.  But at this point, it's not the program.  It's just supersetting three days a week and hitting each body area once a week.  You don't need the vids for lifting - just the techniques and the workout logs.  I get those done in half the time because I don't listen to the creepy man.

 

If I had to pick with your schedule - I'd do half of each of those and add some form of cardio each of those days.  Yoga often if you can, and do abs while watching TV as a bonus.  That specific Yoga workout is the keystone, IMO.

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Originally Posted by rehmwa View Post
 

I did it and a hybrid of P90X, P90X+ and Insanity for about 18 months.

Then I took some time off.

I've just restarted again about 3 weeks ago.

 

(I'm the 47 year old guy with two bad knees and asthma - and under this workout I run circles and lift more than 90% of the kids around me 20 years younger).

 

 

It's great for anything.  General fitness, etc.  I would say that it's a bit intense for most. and also too hard for most people I see around.  But one can build up to it.  I wouldn't change anything about it for golf.  Maybe one thing, it's VERY shoulder and core intensive, so be aware of your shoulders and how they feel during the workout and during rounds.  Also, the Back workouts don't really address the lower/lumbar area much - I'd augment with sets of romainian deadlifts or the like.

 

But if all you are doing is the lifting workouts and avoiding the others (Cardio, Plyo and Yoga) - then you are seriously missing hte point of it.

 

That said, those are great lifting workouts.  So if that's what you want - it's great.  But at this point, it's not the program.  It's just supersetting three days a week and hitting each body area once a week.  You don't need the vids for lifting - just the techniques and the workout logs.  I get those done in half the time because I don't listen to the creepy man.

 

If I had to pick with your schedule - I'd do half of each of those and add some form of cardio each of those days.  Yoga often if you can, and do abs while watching TV as a bonus.  That specific Yoga workout is the keystone, IMO.

 

I do the abs with the 3 workouts I forgot to mention to mon-wed-fri I do ab ripper. I used to do the Yoga but its quite hard but I will definitely give it ago again. I fly threw the other workouts i'm a pullup/pushup monster lol. 

 

Are there any good routines for the back that you said this program misses? Lower/Lumbar area you mentioned?

 

Cheers

post #4 of 12
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Are there any good routines for the back that you said this program misses? Lower/Lumbar area you mentioned?

 

Not routines, I just replace a couple of the pull up sets (from the 3 workouts:  chest and back, legs and back, Back and biceps) with romanian deadlifts (straight legs, straight back, bend at the waist, heavy weights, and just straighten the back to stand up  - pretty much bowing with weight hanging from your arms - focus on the hams, butt and lower back).

 

Frankly, if you are ditching cardio and plyo - get an Insanity DVD and just do the 10 minute warmup from those - it's great.  Not a full push, but MUCH better than nothing.

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Not routines, I just replace a couple of the pull up sets (from the 3 workouts:  chest and back, legs and back, Back and biceps) with romanian deadlifts (straight legs, straight back, bend at the waist, heavy weights, and just straighten the back to stand up  - pretty much bowing with weight hanging from your arms - focus on the hams, butt and lower back).

 

Frankly, if you are ditching cardio and plyo - get an Insanity DVD and just do the 10 minute warmup from those - it's great.  Not a full push, but MUCH better than nothing.

 

Awesome i'll give it a try. I have the insanity DVD lyring around somewhere as well. I just find with the cardio and plyo it just seems to go on for way too long.

 

Thanks for the great advice though.

 

EDIT: Which Insanity DVD was the one with that warmup? I have all the DVD's for that program. Thanks

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EDIT: Which Insanity DVD was the one with that warmup? I have all the DVD's for that program. Thanks

they all have a warmup

 

I tended to replace the Plyo and Cardio days with the "Pure Cardio" Insanity DVD.  This was after Plyo and Cardio got easy to do.  (At first, they were freakly difficult - but the body adapts, doesn't it?).  Pure C never got easy for me....not....at.....alll

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by rehmwa View Post
 

they all have a warmup

 

I tended to replace the Plyo and Cardio days with the "Pure Cardio" Insanity DVD.  This was after Plyo and Cardio got easy to do.  (At first, they were freakly difficult - but the body adapts, doesn't it?).  Pure C never got easy for me....not....at.....alll

 

Didn't know if they have different warmup routines like P90X.

 

I will give the Pure Cardio a shot see how I get on. You've made me want to do Yoga again now lol. I can see me getting back into this pretty hardcore now.

post #8 of 12

I've tried all the Beach Body stuff except T25. My favorite is 10 Minute Trainer because it can be anything you want it to. You can stack the programs, use just 10 minutes after lifting, incorporate it into your cardio etc. If time is tight and I just do 10 minutes because I finish it I still feel like I did completed something. I use it almost daily because I like band work. Typically I do it at night after dinner. I do my main workout in the morning before work. I don't do any golf specific exercise. IMO time spent on drills and practice is more worthwhile.

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I've tried all the Beach Body stuff except T25. My favorite is 10 Minute Trainer because it can be anything you want it to. You can stack the programs, use just 10 minutes after lifting, incorporate it into your cardio etc. If time is tight and I just do 10 minutes because I finish it I still feel like I did completed something. I use it almost daily because I like band work. Typically I do it at night after dinner. I do my main workout in the morning before work. I don't do any golf specific exercise. IMO time spent on drills and practice is more worthwhile.

 

Thanks for tips. I don't have much time to workout probably an hour a night at home. I tend to cut it short to work on little things around the house like putting and grip drills just to make sure I do it the same when I am on the course. With the bad weather though I hear its the best time to workout lol.

 

I'll have a look at that 10 min trainer you mentioned as well. I just want to try get more distance really. My accuracy with my irons is very good but I struggle for distance. With my age (29 and slim build) I would have thought I can hit it a bit further. I can only hit my driver 200 and 9 iron 105 :(

 

Just trying whatever I can to get the extra distance to make the game a bit easier.

 

On a short par 4 its pretty much Driver > Hybrid 19 > PW > Putt for par (usually 2 for bogey)

post #10 of 12

I'm guessing your lack of distance has little to do with your build and everything to do with being new to golf. Your time would be better spent with some lessons. I'm certainly not discouraging exercise but at your age I doubt lack of fitness is the cause. I can't even remember what it feels like to be 29.

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Originally Posted by Dave2512 View Post
 

I'm guessing your lack of distance has little to do with your build and everything to do with being new to golf. Your time would be better spent with some lessons. I'm certainly not discouraging exercise but at your age I doubt lack of fitness is the cause. I can't even remember what it feels like to be 29.

 

lol no comment on the age situation.

 

I have had 3 lessons but it felt very much watch and tell, where he would just watch what i'm doing and say ok you are doing this wrong, try this. I know this is a traditional teaching method but I would prefer to actually see for myself what I am doing wrong. For £23 for half hour I felt a bit ripped off. He did help me get started and I used what he taught me and got a lot better but most of what he taught me can be found on youtube. We don't have any pro's in our area that work with technology which I would easily pay for. I definitely think as I am progressing I am hitting further. I couldn't even hit my driver when I first started literally missed the ball every time lol.

post #12 of 12
Hi

My only advice to golfers is that if you want to get better at golf, it is no longer enough to get fit. You need to get as close to the sport as possible! So that exercises you choose need to match the mechanics of the golf swing otherwise they will not carry over to performance.

Steve
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