Fitness editor Ron Kaspriske suggests exercises to help golfers improve their endurance.
Released on 12/3/2014
|Executive Producer:||Harrison Levinson|
Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, fitness editor for Golf Digest,
and this is Get Golf Fit.
Anyone who thinks golf isn't an endurance sport
that really requires a lot of energy never walked
36 holes on an August day.
How do you improve your stamina for golf?
Well, you have to remember first that golf is a burst sport,
and by burst I mean it requires a lot of activity
in a little bit of time, followed by rest,
and then followed by more activity.
So what could help you is interval training.
But the point I'd like to make is you want it to be fun,
something that's really gonna keep your interest.
So your first exercise here today is, if you can jump rope,
is to jump rope, and Sarah's gonna show you how.
Pretty simple, right?
So what I would recommend with Sarah,
as she does for say 30 to 60 seconds,
of course, as she gets better she can go faster and faster,
but then you wanna rest and let your heart rate
come down a little bit before you start up again,
and that's the intervals.
So the better you get at the intervals, remember,
the longer you can go with the cardiovascular,
and that's really gonna help you on the back nine.
I saved the easiest stuff for last, isn't that good?
So the second exercise Sarah's gonna demonstrate for you
really works on your fast-twitch muscle fiber.
Remember I said earlier that golf is a burst sport,
which means you want a lotta energy
in a quick amount of time.
Well, mountain climbers does just that.
This is great cardio, and it'll also work on your golf swing
because it helps improve your lower body mobility
while your upper body stays stable.
Go ahead and show 'em how it's done.
Nobody likes to do mountain climbers,
but they really are a great exercise.
So all she's doing is getting into a pushup position,
she keeps her arms straight out,
and then she just brings her knees up.
So one of the keys to this exercise is, remember,
is you wanna keep your spine nice and neutral,
nice and flat, and you don't want it to round.
That's very important when you're doing these.
Now, to add a little more golf into this exercise,
I'm gonna ask Sarah to start rotating her hips inward.
That's really gonna help you with that lower body rotation
you need for that explosive power, and that's gonna
keep you hitting it nice and long late in the round.
So that's exercise two, called a mountain climber.
Now that we've shown you these two exercises,
Sarah and I are gonna go out and play 36,
I dunno, maybe 45 holes.
But if that sounds too daunting for you,
then don't forget the exercises we showed you, and also,
don't forget to work in intervals, a minute on,
30 seconds off, and so on.
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