Exercises to Include in Your Off-Season Golf Training

Exercises to Include in Your Off-Season Golf Training

By Dr. Jeffrey Belgue, DC, ART, D.Ac, TPI Level 1

With March comes a brand-new golf season. Although it will be a couple months before we are into the thick of the season, there are certainly things you can do right now to improve your game.

It is no secret that the fitness side of golf has taken off in the last decade thanks largely in part to a group called the Titleist Performance Institute. TPI is the world’s leading organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. We can use their research to help prepare our bodies to better execute the golf swing. This can help reduce injury and increase consistency.  By committing to golf related exercise and fitness you can help improve your game without picking up a club!

The group at TPI created a Movement Screen comprised of 16 movement tests used to identify physical limitations that may contribute to poor swing mechanics and/or injury.  We perform the TPI Movement Screen at Dynamic Health and Performance to create an exercise program individualized to our golfer’s specific movement faults. The exercise program can be scaled for all ages, abilities and designed based on the athlete’s access to fitness equipment.  If you are serious about improving your golf related fitness and improving your body to better execute your golf swing, we highly recommend the TPI Movement Screen.

Although the golf swing is highly personal, think Adam Scott and Jim Furyk, below are exercises to help get you started this spring as the season approaches. A link accompanies the exercise to the TPI website for exercise demonstration.

  • Open Books – to improve mid back rotation

http://www.mytpi.com/exercises#open_books

  • Bridge – to improve glute strength/stability and hip extension

http://www.mytpi.com/exercises#bridge_palms_up_-_neutral_pelvis

  • Bird Dog – to improve core stability

http://www.mytpi.com/exercises#bird_dog_club_parallel

For more information about The Titleist Performance Institute Movement Screen, golf specific warm up/cool down routines or anything golf fitness/injury related please contact me at (905) 339-2333 or at drbelgue@dynamichealthandperformance.ca

 

#WednesdayWorkout – Foam Rolling

A staple warmup, Foam Rolling provides pressure to specific body parts to relieve pain and loosen muscles and soft tissue. When combined with static stretching, foam rolling can lead to impressive flexibility by increasing blood flow.

 

#NationalBananaBreadDay

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1 tsp butter

2 large ripe bananas

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 cup oat flour, whole grain

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F
  2. Rub the inside of a bread pan with butter. Add 1 teaspoon of flour and tilt the pan, allowing the flour to cover the entire interior. The flour will stick to the buttered surface. Invert the pan over the sink and tap it gently with your hand to remove any excess flour.
  3. Place bananas in a large bowl and mash well with a fork. Add eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla and coconut oil, stirring to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add to banana mixture, stirring until just combined. Spoon into pan and smooth out.
  5. Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Feel free to top with nuts/seed of choice and pair with a yummy turmeric latte!

Credit: Olivia Harty, B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics

 

#FitnessFriday – Kettlebell Rotations

KettleBell Rotations

Improve your mobility and challenge your stability with Kettlebell Rotations. This exercise works the muscles of the core responsible for rotation and also recruits the stabilisers of the abdomen, lower back and hip flexors.

1. Start with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent with hips pushing back and chest coming slightly forward around a 45 degree angle.
2. Keeping the hips forward, swing the KB like a pendulum as it rotates out to the side until your top shoulder stacks ontop of the bottom shoulder (arms should line up straight at the very top).
3. swing the arm back down like a pendulum and repeat

TIPS
– Try not to pop your hips out to the side when you swing out
– Keep your back flat and your core tight
– Arm straight when it swings
– Progress yourself — if you can’t stack your shoulders at first, don’t rotate as much

#WednesdayWorkout – The Glute Bridge

The Glute Bridge

The perfect route to a strong posterior is the Glute Bridge! This exercise also improves hip mobility and strengthens the lower back.

 

1. Start lying on your back with your knees bent, feet firmly on the floor and palms pressed into the floor beside you.
2. Squeeze your core as you begin to lift your hips to the ceiling and squeeze your glutes.
3. Hold for 2-3 seconds and come back down.
Repeat for 3 sets of 10

TIP: try not to flatten your spine into the ground before you lift the hips.

#FitnessFriday – The Hamstring Curl

The Hamstring Curl

 

1. Start lying down with your heels on the stability ball and hands pressing into the ground beside you.
2. Squeeze your core, trying not to flatten your spine into the ground as you squeeze your glutes and lift your hips towards the ceiling.
3. Keeping your feet on the ball and hips high, bring both heels towards your glutes and push them back out.
4. Lower hips to ground and repeat for 3 sets of 10 — keeping core tight all times.

TIP: start with a lower amount of repetitions (i.e. 3 sets of 5) if you find it difficult to keep your hips up.
REMEMBER FORM IS MOST IMPORTANT!

#PancakeTuesday – Paleo Pancakes

Paleo Pancakes

Ingredients:

– 1 banana

– 1 cup almond flour

– 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1 egg

– 1 tsp. coconut oil

– 1-2 tbsp. almond milk

– salt and cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl and top with desired amount of cinnamon.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the banana bowl and mix together.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients and mix together to make your batter.
  4. Heat some coconut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Drop the pancake mixture onto the skillet and cover with a lid to make them nice and fluffy.
  5. Once all batter is cooked, top with raw maple syrup, coconut flakes, fruit, nuts, seeds, whatever your stomach desires!

Credit: Olivia Harty, B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics

The Painful Truth About Fibromyalgia

The Painful Truth About Fibromyalgia

By Amanda Liddle, HB.Sc(Kin), R.Kin, CAT(C), RMT

Pain is highly personal.

One person’s “I hurt all over” is not the same for another person’s “I hurt all over.”  Especially when you suffer from Fibromyalgia — a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.

A syndrome that affects the muscles and soft tissue, Fibromyalgia symptoms can include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, andpainful tender points.  Researchers believe that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way our brain processes pain signals.  Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress and in other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

While scientist don’t know what causes this condition, women are more likely to develop Fibromyalgia compared to men.  On February 2, 2018, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of the final 10 dates of the European Leg of her Joanne World Tour due to severe pain that has impacted her ability to perform.

While there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, exercise, relaxation and massage therapy can help control symptoms and improve quality of life.  Massage therapy from a Registered Massage Therapist can provide the following benefits:

  • gate control theory: touch sensory information helps inhibit pain fibre activity which reduces the perception of pain
  • increase the production of the body’s natural pain killers
  • reduce tension in muscles
  • increase range of motion
  • reduce heart rate
  • restore homeostasis of the body therefore decreasing anxiety/depression
  • encourage circulation therefore removal of waste products and allowing for an influx of nutrients

For more information on our massage therapy services, please contact me at (905) 339-2333 or email me at aliddle@dynamichealthandperformance.ca

#NationalPizzaDay – Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

– 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. coconut flour

– 1/4 cup coconut oil

– 3 eggs

– 1 tsp honey

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a pizza sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix together the wet ingredients in another bowl and the dry ingredients in another
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients
  5. Roll batter onto parchment paper until about 1/2-3/4 inch thick
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Take the crust out and top with favorite ingredients
  8. place back in the oven and bake for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted

 

Credit: Olivia Harty, B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics

 

 

#WednesdayWorkout – Step Ups

Step Ups

  1. One foot starts on the box, while the other foot is on the ground.
  2. Keep your hips back so your knee starts in line with or behind your toe that is on the box.
  3. Keeping your core tight, push off with your back leg but controlling your body up with the leg that is on the box. Once at the top of the box, stand nice and tall, and squeeze your glutes.
  4. As you begin to step down, drive your hip back first as you start to bend your knee so it does not go over your toe as you bring your foot down to the ground.

TIPS: keep nice and tall, use your glutes for power, hold onto something if feeling unstable
CHALLENGE: add a weight! (See video #2)