Finishing Strong

Fitness editor Ron Kaspriske suggests exercises to help golfers improve their endurance.

Released on 12/3/2014

Credits

Director: Lukas Huffman
Producer: Emoticon Productions
Executive Producer: Harrison Levinson

Transcript

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Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, fitness editor for Golf Digest,
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and this is Get Golf Fit.
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Anyone who thinks golf isn't an endurance sport
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that really requires a lot of energy never walked
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36 holes on an August day.
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How do you improve your stamina for golf?
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Well, you have to remember first that golf is a burst sport,
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and by burst I mean it requires a lot of activity
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in a little bit of time, followed by rest,
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and then followed by more activity.
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So what could help you is interval training.
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But the point I'd like to make is you want it to be fun,
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something that's really gonna keep your interest.
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So your first exercise here today is, if you can jump rope,
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is to jump rope, and Sarah's gonna show you how.
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Good luck.
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Pretty simple, right?
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So what I would recommend with Sarah,
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as she does for say 30 to 60 seconds,
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of course, as she gets better she can go faster and faster,
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but then you wanna rest and let your heart rate
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come down a little bit before you start up again,
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and that's the intervals.
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So the better you get at the intervals, remember,
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the longer you can go with the cardiovascular,
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and that's really gonna help you on the back nine.
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I saved the easiest stuff for last, isn't that good?
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Thank you.
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So the second exercise Sarah's gonna demonstrate for you
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really works on your fast-twitch muscle fiber.
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Remember I said earlier that golf is a burst sport,
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which means you want a lotta energy
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in a quick amount of time.
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Well, mountain climbers does just that.
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This is great cardio, and it'll also work on your golf swing
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because it helps improve your lower body mobility
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while your upper body stays stable.
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Go ahead and show 'em how it's done.
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Nobody likes to do mountain climbers,
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but they really are a great exercise.
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So all she's doing is getting into a pushup position,
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she keeps her arms straight out,
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and then she just brings her knees up.
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So one of the keys to this exercise is, remember,
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is you wanna keep your spine nice and neutral,
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nice and flat, and you don't want it to round.
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That's very important when you're doing these.
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Now, to add a little more golf into this exercise,
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I'm gonna ask Sarah to start rotating her hips inward.
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That's really gonna help you with that lower body rotation
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you need for that explosive power, and that's gonna
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keep you hitting it nice and long late in the round.
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So that's exercise two, called a mountain climber.
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Nailed it.
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Now that we've shown you these two exercises,
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Sarah and I are gonna go out and play 36,
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I dunno, maybe 45 holes.
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But if that sounds too daunting for you,
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then don't forget the exercises we showed you, and also,
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don't forget to work in intervals, a minute on,
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30 seconds off, and so on.
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For more fitness tips, go to GolfDigest.com
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and get golf fit.
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Just like that.
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