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Do you exercise with golf in mind? Why or why not?

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10 hours ago, adamgoodman said:

I feel like this is more or less my original idea.  IMO these guys can be at best described as "built for golf" and I'm yet to see a Tour pro who is objectively muscular/built, regardless of how functionally fit or athletic they are.  That's pretty much why I posed the question whether people who have a passion for golf draw a line in the sand between their fitness goals and golf game (like I do) or try and have them work together. 

That definitely makes sense. I used to be into powerlifting, did some meets and trained that way for a few years, but I wasnt serious into golf during that time period. Since getting more involved into golf, I have transitioned to more of overall fitness/full body training. Part of it was that I lost interest in powerlifting, part of it was a matter of time. I wasnt able to spend Hour and a half doing a powerlifting workout 3x a week and also go to the driving range multiple times per week. As the amount of golf and golf practice increased, my focus on the gym decreased. I still go a few times a week, but it is usually more of a full body workout done in under an hour.

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12 hours ago, adamgoodman said:

I feel like this is more or less my original idea.  IMO these guys can be at best described as "built for golf" and I'm yet to see a Tour pro who is objectively muscular/built, regardless of how functionally fit or athletic they are.  That's pretty much why I posed the question whether people who have a passion for golf draw a line in the sand between their fitness goals and golf game (like I do) or try and have them work together. 

ok - I understand better what you are trying to say now

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On 10/10/2017 at 10:49 AM, rehmwa said:

People mean well with those types of comments - it's amazing how so many can be 180 degrees wrong on the subject......

Oh, I understood. My Mom was just trying to take care of her baby!

On 10/10/2017 at 10:45 PM, adamgoodman said:

I feel like this is more or less my original idea.  IMO these guys can be at best described as "built for golf" and I'm yet to see a Tour pro who is objectively muscular/built, regardless of how functionally fit or athletic they are.  That's pretty much why I posed the question whether people who have a passion for golf draw a line in the sand between their fitness goals and golf game (like I do) or try and have them work together. 

This is a valid point. I think golf pros are after "functional fitness". As are body builders, NFL players, and everybody else involved in sports. If it doesn't work for your sport, then it just doesn't work!

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I am a fitness fanatics. I do workout with golf in mind. I perform cardiovascular and strength training weekly to be able to swing the club, walk and carry my bag for 18 holes. As a result of my commitment to fitness, I have not had any injuries from playing golf.

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1 hour ago, kenhockey2 said:

I am a fitness fanatics. I do workout with golf in mind. I perform cardiovascular and strength training weekly to be able to swing the club, walk and carry my bag for 18 holes. As a result of my commitment to fitness, I have not had any injuries from playing golf.

awwwwsome !

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I have also incorporated sports nutrition into my fitness and golf. My 19 hole beverage is a protein shake. The bottle of beer is consumed several hours after playing golf. 

My cool down activity after playing a round of golf is 30 minutes on the elliptical machine to flush out my muscles. Then finish with 10 mins of stretching movements to maintain flexibility. Finally, drink a protein shake. 

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17 hours ago, kenhockey2 said:

I have also incorporated sports nutrition into my fitness and golf. My 19 hole beverage is a protein shake. The bottle of beer is consumed several hours after playing golf. 

My cool down activity after playing a round of golf is 30 minutes on the elliptical machine to flush out my muscles. Then finish with 10 mins of stretching movements to maintain flexibility. Finally, drink a protein shake. 

is the  bottle of beer consumed by the protein shake ?

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I'll be 60 in two weeks, my primary objective of exercise is to maintain balance, flexibility, and strength. The objective is to fight back father time. 

Any golf benefit is secondary to that. 

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These days I play golf to get more exercise. Walking 18 holes with my trolley helps with my legs. 

Most of my non golf exercise is also geared to help keep my legs in golf shape. I usually walk my dogs a couple miles plus most days. They are older, and need the extra exercise too. Lots of bike trails near me with alot of elevation changes. 

I also swing a club every day to keep my upper body swing muscles working well. No set regimine. Usually 5 minutes, 2, or 3 times a day. I have this old 2i, laying aroundthat I keep  handy. If not it,  I have one of those Kallassy Swing Magic clubs I also use. 

Up untill I came down with my flu crud, I was averaging 45 holes of golf a week. Around 8-10 miles per week. Add another 8-10 miles on my non golf days, and I get in 16-20 +/- miles a week walking. 

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Can you fit in two days a week strength training to develop overall muscular strength to transfer it into your golf game? 

Keep up the good work golfing and aerobic activity in your non golf days.

Thanks for your reply.

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Lifting weights + switching to graphite iron shafts are the 2 best things that I did in 2017...no more tennis/golf elbow issues and my lower body and shoulders can now handle an increase in swing speed...

For 2017, I stopped doing "cardio" as the primary exercise and switched to lifting weights -- my heart and lungs during the 35-45 minute weight workouts are pumping hard (albeit not the entire time like running or jogging) but I have no soreness or aches/pains like the jogging provided.  Two days on/One day off and repeat...

Even got Wifey on board lifting...

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I haven't altered my cycling or machine circuit routine, but I had my Pilates instructor help me change my Pilates and stretching.  More oblique work, rotating hips and upper body.    

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I'd like to resurrect this thread.

After a long off-season I took my first ~60-75 swings to get fitted for new clubs and I feel like I got hit by a truck.

Playing golf makes me more sore in places I can't even imagine than heavy lifting ever has.

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Good thread.

A couple of years ago, I took a year away from playing golf specifically to focus on fitness - cardio, strength, flexibility.  I joined a gym, and since then, I've gained 10 lbs of muscle, am stronger than I ever was, trained for and ran a 10k, and finally was able to touch my toes with locked knees.  All of this was primarily with better golf in mind, but the residual effects of a better life are immeasurable.  Oh, and I am always tinkering with my diet, now incorporating more veg, less meat/starch-- still carrying around too much body fat.  I also don't neglect proper rest/recovery time so as not to exhaust myself.

Now I'm back playing golf, and the difference is noticeable.  Injury free, zero back issues, better swing, no fatigue.

All that said, now whether I'm golfing or not, I'm keeping the fitness routines/diet/rest in place forever.  And hopefully the golf, too.

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I started doing yoga in addition to my normal weightlifting and cardio routines.  My fiance was thrilled that I'd join her and I told her straight up it was to maintain flexibility, core strength and back health so I could play golf until I am dead.

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5 hours ago, Foot Wedge said:

I started doing yoga in addition to my normal weightlifting and cardio routines.  My fiance was thrilled that I'd join her and I told her straight up it was to maintain flexibility, core strength and back health so I could play golf until I am dead.

what other reason  would anyone want to do Yoga  ? LOL

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