Putting the Total Gym to Work For Your Golf Swing
Golf season is in full swing! As a Total Gym Master Trainer ® and avid Golfer (former top Minnesota amateur), I want to share three powerful ways to use your Total Gym to improve your golf swing.
- Power: In golf and almost every sport, all your power comes from your legs. The golf swing requires an explosive leg drive to generate maximum club head speed. The perfect exercise on the Total Gym to train your explosive, fast-twitch muscle fibers, are Plyo-metric Squats. Check out the video for some great hip and calf stretches while you’re resting between sets of your Plyo-metric Squats.
- Flexibility: How can Michelle Wie hit the ball as far as Ernie Els when he out- weighs her by 80 pounds? Not strength, but flexibility! It is the most important fitness component for a life-long, fluid golf swing. When working out with the cable system of the Total Gym, every exercise has both a lengthening component as well as a strengthening component. In addition to the leg stretches, the video demonstrates a great chest/frontal shoulder stretch that wonderfully counters all the daily life activities (like computers and driving) that cause tension in our chest and shoulders. Look for my other blog post on the dos and don’ts of stretching, coming soon!
- Core Strength: Total Gym has embodied functional training for over 40 years, long before it became a buzz-word in fitness! Using your own body weight and requiring core engagement throughout an exercise is textbook functional training. As demonstrated in the video, a simple chest press on the Total Gym requires the core to stabilize the spine in the same way the core must stabilize the spine during the rigors of the golf swing. In addition, I show you how to do an oblique exercise that beautifully emulates the rotation of the golf swing and will increase the flexibility in your spine – it’s my favorite oblique exercise on the Total Gym!
Working out to improve my athletic performance in sports like football, hockey and golf is what first ignited my passion for fitness. The Total Gym functionally trains your balance, coordination, strength and flexibility and will improve your golf swing AND the overall health of your body!
Hit ‘em straight!
JayDee Cutting III, MBA – Total Gym Master Trainer
A life-long avid Golfer, JayDee has combined his fitness and Golf passions to develop
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