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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Some Final Thoughts on Resistance Training

(Remember: I'm not a doctor, so all standard disclaimers apply. Proceed at your own risk!)

I've spent two weeks talking about resistance training. There are two reasons for this: Because there are so many ways to train... and because so many weekend athletes avoid it like a doctor's glove and Vaseline®. Many feel more comfortable with aerobic exercise (which we'll discuss next week) simply because it seems simpler and more natural. After all, almost anybody can walk for 20 or 30 minutes a day, and walking is part of golf... even if you're only walking to and from the cart.

I've encouraged you to follow a home workout routine that requires no equipment or trips to the gym because I believe more of you will stick to a plan like that, and this week I tried to cover some of the big muscle exercises that you can use. There's absolutely nothing wrong with weightlifting or any other resistance program as long as you approach it intelligently and stick with it. I've just focused on something simple enough to fit into almost anybody's schedule.

Quite frankly, I suspect many of you would be pleasantly surprised by how much your health would improve merely by doing a daily routine of three exercises - Hindu pushups, half-squats, and one of the ab exercises - working up to three sets of 10 reps each, and adding 30 minutes of walking. If you spend your day sitting at a desk, it's even more critical for you.

For those of you who want to do more but don't want to spend money for any reference books like those I mentioned earlier, just remember that you can turn almost any movement into a resistance exercise by adding either self resistance or imagined resistance to it. Even if all you do is pretend you're working out at the gym, you can add imagined resistance to the moves and get a resistance workout.

The real key is just to do something, anything to start getting your muscles in shape for golf. And once you get in the habit of staying healthy, you'll be amazed how easy it is to keep it up.

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