Realize your potential with golf resistance training

Golf resistance training is the key to improving your score, enjoying the game more, and feeling better, too. No matter your age, resistance training can help you get into shape and stave off disease.

For golfers, resistance training, or strength training as it’s also known, can help add power to their swing, boost endurance for making it through all 18 holes, and loosen muscles to prevent injury. Resistance training involves lifting weights or working out on machines at a gym. You can also, though, do resistance training at home using everyday items around your home.

To start, first and foremost talk with doctor. Resistance training should be considered strong “medicine,” if only because you could hurt yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing or aren’t sure how hard you should be working out. Once you’re doctor gives you the green light, you have another important hurdle to cross. Should you or shouldn’t you join a gym? This question is actually simply solved with a little effort. Locate the gyms in your area and visit each one. Most gyms will give you a free tour, or even a free week’s worth of workouts. So take advantage of these offers to check out the clientele and determine if you will be comfortable and satisfied with the equipment.

If your decide that you don’t feel comfortable at a gym, or if you don’t want to foot the bill for one, you can do your golf resistance training at home. When you first start out, you may not even need to buy any dumbbells or other equipment.

For instance, one great exercise for your legs involves just squatting down. You can lean against a ball for support or do it in the middle of the room for a harder workout. Start by placing your hands on your hips. Then bend your knees while keeping your back straight. Lower down as far as comfortable, or until your thighs are 90 degrees to the floor. Push up.

Another great golf resistance training exercise for your legs involves sitting in a chair. Scoot the front of the seat, keeping your back straight. With one foot planted on the floor, straighten your other leg until it is parallel to the ground. Repeat with the other leg.

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