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  • Shane Mclean Author

    Point 5 could have been "It's not how fast you mow, it's how well you mow fast" Love that ad. Great post Tony. I've never been comfortable with O lifts and use a lot of KB and med ball exercises instead, like yourself. Shorter learning curve for sure.

    July 23, 2016 at 11:25 am | Reply to this comment

  • Jen Goh Author

    do you think golfers are the same as well? I am interested in exploring the use of agility/movement/ speed/footwork drills alongside a little bit of calisthenics, plyometrics and basic lifts for strength in training programs for elite golfers. Especially for juniors. Also I love your point on anterior pelvic tilt, big problem for golfers who end up with lotsa back and knee problems!

    July 28, 2016 at 12:49 am | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore Author

      Of course! Golfer's are athletes too - albeit maybe not to the same degree of say, someone who participates in basketball or football. But still, recognizing the demands of the sport (lots of extension and rotation), and then catering programming to better handle those movements is never a bad thing.

      July 29, 2016 at 8:48 am | Reply to this comment

      • Jen Goh Author

        Rotation with both lower and upper body with extension of the arms you mean? I agree that it is extremely important to recognize the demands of the sport, albeit it has not been done to a well enough extent in 90% of the programs that I have seen, including our Singapore National set-up, meant for the best golfers in the country. As an athlete myself, I feel that the exercises chosen are paramount and the movement pattern cannot contradict what we need in the golf swing. For example, I don't see why weighted glute bridges should be included in a golf program, simply because they promote hip extension in an explosive manner, which is opposite of what we want to see for golfers. Most of whom already have early hip extension. What are your thoughts?

        August 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm | Reply to this comment

        • TonyGentilcore Author

          Well, I can't say I disagree with you on some fronts. I think the golfing community has been underserved in terms of strength and conditioning for YEARS (however, guys like Greg Rose and the Tiitleist Institute have been doing a great job). I will say I disagree on the notion that we should avoid "non-golf" movements in the weightroom (like the glute bridges). The idea of a strength and conditioning program isn't to emulate movements in the sport......it's to address movement dysfunction, weakness, pain, and (hopefully) get athletes to move better. I mean, we don't place a barbell on our back and squat in ANY sport. However, the ability to demonstrate a good squat - which requires ample ankle dorsiflexion, hip flexion, t-spine extension, core stability, to name a few - allows athletes to "access" the ROM/movement requirements on the field. Oftentimes It's good to include movements that are not in their sport so that we can get them out of their comfort zone, address pattern overload, and learn to get into (and out of) un-charted ROMs, etc. Of course it's highly individual.....and it's up to the coach to decide what's best for his or athlete. Make sense?

          August 2, 2016 at 11:01 am | Reply to this comment

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