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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gray Cook on the Chop and Lift

Yesterday I wrote about the "Functional Movement" concept that was the subject of Monday's Golf Fitness Academy on GC, and I said I'd be covering two of the exercises they talked about in more detail.

The first is what Gray Cook calls the "chop and lift." It's a move that is especially relevant to golf.

Cook says much of what he does is "old school" -- that is, exercises that have been around for a long time, even centuries. The "chop and lift" uses either a cable machine at a gym or resistance bands at home. You might think resistance bands are a recent invention, but they aren't. I'm including a few photos from a mail order fitness course that was popular in the mid-1920s by Earle Liederman, a contemporary of Charles Atlas. (In fact, the two worked together for a while.) Liederman's course included a device he called a "progressive exerciser," which I'm certain you'll recognize. The point is that it's an elastic band device, the forerunner of today's resistance bands.

Liederman back exercise

Liederman arm exercise

Liederman shoulder exercise

Liederman arm exercise

If you're interested, you can look over the entire course by clicking this link. It's interesting, if for no other reason that it made Liederman a millionaire before the Great Depression took his fortune.

While I generally prefer exercises that don't use special equipment because I don't like to waste money on stuff that ends up just sitting around the house and taking up space, some useful exercises require equipment and that equipment doesn't cost much or take up much space. But I don't see how you could do this exercise without the bands, and since bands aren't that expensive and won't take up half the living room...

Anyway, here's a video of Gray Cook demonstrating how the "chop and lift" is done:

It looks like a fairly simple way to develop some core strength and stability that will benefit your golf swing. It even looks like it might help prevent some back problems. For that reason alone, you might consider adding to your workout. Since the Titleist Performance Institute sponsored the video, they apparently think it is.

I'll cover the other movement tomorrow.

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