From an Asian perspective only..
I'm sure not all golfers hate training in the gym but my guess is that a vast majority of them fall into that category. The good news is that younger generation golfers are starting to take their fitness seriously, thanks to the likes of today's top professionals leading the way with fit and strong muscular bodies. However, at the club level, training in the gym seems to be a dirty chore to have to do. I love golf and have been playing off and on since the age of 7, and I've been weight training since the age of 14. And, for as long as I can remember, I have long preached the gospel of weight training and its many benefits (fitter, stronger, improve golf game) to my fellow golfers. Unfortunately I've had better success talking to a golf ball.
Why is that? Answers and solution, plus EXTRAORDINARY offer below...
But first let me share one of my fondest golf memories that happened not so long ago on the beautiful resort island of Phuket Thailand.
Phuket was my home from 1995 until 2003 and I was priveleged to have been asked to be a course marshal at the 1998 Johnny Walker Golf Classic at Blue Canyon Country Club. On Pro-Am day, I had the great pleasure of meeting the exciting new guy on the tour named Tiger Woods. Tiger signed autographs for us and took a few photos with my 8 year old son Gavin (half Thai/American like Tiger).
Most memoriable of that tournament for me was enjoying a few cold beers in the club house chatting with Tiger's father Colonel US Army (RET) Earl Woods, talking about our military days (the Colonel served in the US Army Special Forces and this blogger - US Marine Corps Force Recon), plus life inThailand and raising our kids. Certainly a conversation that I will never forget. Tiger went onto win the tournament coming back from 8 shots down shooting a 7 under par 65 to tie Ernie Els for a sudden death play-off and then winning on the second hole. It was a very exciting golf week!
Side note - Tiger's real name is Eldrick but the Colonel began calling him Tiger because one of his best friends in Vietnam was a South Vietnamese soldier, Col. Vuong Dang Phong. Col. Phong's nickname was "Tiger," and when his son Eldrick was born, the Colonel took to calling Eldrick "Tiger," too, after his friend Col. Phong. Col. Phong lived barely a year after the fall of Saigon, dying Sept. 9, 1976, in the squalor of a Communist camp.
When I started my career in the fitness business, I trained people of all ages and abilities and when I opened my first fitness gym in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1978, we had members from all walks of life - all except GOLFERS. We offered golf fitness programs to try and attract them to join. I wrote articles in various publications preaching the importance of starting a fitness program to build their strength and improve their game. I even advertised that we offered fitness programs for golfers. But to no avail. Just couldn't get them interested..
For the life of me I couldn't figure out why I couldn't attract golfers to my gym. After all they needed fitness as much as anyone else did. Perhaps I was doing something wrong but when I asked my fellow golf friends why they didn't want to join, 99% of the time the answer was the same - "I get plenty of exercise playing golf & the gym takes too much of my time". Well unfortunately to this very day I still hear those same words echoed throughout the region.
Two deadly sins golfers should be aware of....
Sin #1 - Not engaging in a year round fitness program
Sin #2 - No warm up. Golfers do not warm up properly before starting their round of golf. Surprising golf related injuries are common place and include back, shoulder, elbow, knee and carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Injuries often resulting in weeks or months to recover and worse yet, no golf. The coil and body torque of the golf swing without being properly warmed up is an injury waiting for a swing to happen. Taking a swing at that little white ball at clubhead speeds of 100+ mph can easily strain or pull a muscle or two. It happens to even the best players in top physical condition.
Bottom line: Incorporate weight training and joint mobility exercises into a year round program. Good swing mechanics are also vital to help prevent injuries.
2013 - more fitness gyms in the planning...
Golf membership clubs in Asia are slowly but surely adding fitness gyms facilities to their clubs. Most players, however, do not avail themselves of the facilities to improve their fitness levels and game. Usually it's golf and only golf. My take on this mindset and lack of interest are: 1) the club does not educate their members on the benefits of a program. 2) there are no specific golf fitness programs offered. 3) often times there are no Trainers hired for the gym and members are on their own to workout. So good luck in trying to figure out what to do in the gym. 4) Players don't think they need a fitness program because they believe golf is plenty of exercise already. And finally 5) The "no time" to train excuse.
Educate members to motivate them...
The challenge is persuading the member to get into the gym and start a regular fitness program that will be beneficial to their own personal well-being and at the same time may help improve their golf game. Or perhaps the approach should be to educate them on the benefits of a program that will improve their golf game, and as added benefit, improve their own personal well-being, as well. Maybe that's a better approach to get in the heads of golfers.
WE HAVE A SOLUTION!!
4 Exercises (in golf clothes) / 5 Minutes Total / No Sweat / 1 x Per Week
(Do I recommend a total fitness program for golfers? Absolutely and I'll touch on that at the close)
But for those who really don't want to spend any more than 5 minutes and yet want to increase their strength, welcome to..
Here's how it works.....
With conventional resistance training, a person picks up a weight, or moves a bar that's connected to a weight stack, and imposes load on the body. In the course of the range of motion there is a risk of injury. With biodenity stimulation however, the load used is created by the individual exerciser. This means that no matter how hard one exercises the load that is being dealt is never beyond what is safe.
4 Exercises in less than 5 minutes - In & Out in under 10 minutes with consultation
Chest Press - 5 second hold
Leg Press - 5 second hold
Pull down - 5 second hold
Deadlift - 5 second hold
Using Biodensity, 4 unique intense exercises are performed once per week, activating all major muscle groups. Each self-induced, maximum effort exercise lasts for only 5 seconds... "20 second advantage." The result is 100% stimulation of the entire muscle and creates a tremendous amount of bone loading. The action produces stronger bones, and dramatic increases in muscular strength.
Using Biodensity technology once a week safely and measurably reverses bone loss. At the same time, this revolutionary technology increases overall core strength, leading to increased independence and improved quality of life.
Results printed right after the workout for the member. Info can be emailed, as well.
And, yes you can charge for the service and receive some additional income for the club. Biodensity can be a profit center within your club. Biodensity could also be a non-member source of revenue for the club, as well. Consider this department as a business.
Earlier I spoke of golf related injuries that can put a player out of action for long periods of time. Here's yet another benefit of having bioDensity at the gym. Here's why.
bioDensity - Advance Your Success with bioDensity Neuro-Musculoskeletal Stimulation and Measurement Technology. A scientific breakthrough with long established research from cellular biology, anti-aging, and bone structure enhancement. We know that building stronger bodies translates to building a healthier body. Regardless of a person's current fitness level, the bioDensity system makes the benefits of strength easy and attainable for most, from kids to seniors.
(Biodensity Technology! Business Investment Opportunity - please contact me for additional information)
In addition, let me share with you three more pieces of equipment (there are many others, as well) to consider for your gym. More details about the equipment to follow in a future blog.
MU-JO - improving the golf swing, preventing injuries and rehab...
Improve flexibility and improve your distance off the Tee in 6 weeks
Increase in flexibilty adds 10-20 yards off the tee.... What golfer doesn't want that?
Club Performance Systems offers many different types of equipment packages for a golf program depending on age group of members, size of gym and budget. A complete gym package offers equipment for juniors to senior golfers including our Zone Training concept, that allows a member to progress from a beginners training program to advanced. If you would like more information about our equipment and programs please contact me.
EXTRAORDINARY offer in Asia for Biodensity until January 31, 2013, if you would like to have Biodensity in your club's gym, fitness center, rehab clinic, sports performance center, hospital, chiropractic clinic, corporate office or residence, please contact me. I have lots of research data and information available about Biodensity, which I believe will help persuade you to purchase Biodensity for your facility. A great investment for your facility in 2013 and your members / clients will love you for it! Because prices differ from country to country due to shipping and customs duties, please contact me for the EXTRAORDINARY offer in your country.
January 31, 2013 is only 67 days from now... So don't delay!
I'll close by saying that while bioDensity is a great product to have in your gym, it is not by any means a total fitness program for golfers or any sport, but certainly a great adjunct to a program. Top athletes around the world incorporate bioDensity into their program. Biodensity is also a great way to begin a member on a fitness program, while encouraging them to do a more complete program as they start to enjoy the benefits of getting stronger.
Ok, I can't close without a golf joke...
It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Joe was beginning his pre-shot routine, visualizing his upcoming shot when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker - "Would the gentleman on the ladies tee please back up to the men's tee, please!"
Joe was still deep in his routine, attempting to ignore the announcer. Again the announcement - "Would the man on the women's tee kindly back up to the men's tee.
Joe had had enough. He shouted, "Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!"
(I know golfers will understand this joke) :)
"Play Strong - Play Long"
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