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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Forget Tiger – Be a Panther

Over the next month, in addition to the thoughts of great players, I want to share some simple exercises to help increase your strength and flexibility. I generally prefer exercises that don't use any weights other than your body or the resistance you can provide with your own muscles, simply because you're less likely to hurt yourself. Best of all, there are no weights to drop if you just run out of juice in the middle of your workout!

This particular exercise came from a book called The Miracle Seven by John E. Peterson and Wendie Pett. Each has their own book of exercises, but they did this book together and combined some of their favorites. This one is called a Panther Stretch Push-Up, and it's pretty easy to do even if you have trouble with regular push-ups.

Your arms remain straight throughout the movement. That's right, no "push" like a regular push-up. You raise and lower your hips, which alternately stretches and tightens your abs like one of those expensive ab machines they advertise on TV; the great thing about this move is that it isn't as hard, so you're less likely to strain yourself. Since your arms remain straight, your shoulders get a rotary workout. The diagram below shows the start and halfway positions; you then return to the start position for the next rep.

Push Up Diagram
This is a simple exercise, but don't be fooled. This little baby can really give you a workout; since your hips never touch the floor, there is constant tension on your abs, but it's a gentle tension. Because of that, it's easy to say, "Oh, it's not doing very much." If you do that, you'll overdo it.

Build the number of repetitions slowly. After a month or two, you'll be able to tell a difference in your ab strength as well as your flexibility.

Oh, yeah, one other thing: I guess I should add that I'm not a medical doctor and if you follow any of my suggestions, you do so at your own risk. That's an exercise in covering my own ass, so there you go.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post - I'll give it a try! Great last paragraph also....hahahahahahaha!