Tiger Talks Fitness in Magazine
For the first time, Woods and trainer Keith Kleven offer detail and insight into a fitness regimen that has enabled the world's No. 1 player to add nearly 30 pounds of muscle since he left Stanford in 1996 after his sophomore year.
'Pound for pound, I put him with any athlete in the world,' Kleven told the magazine.
The routine is built around stretching up to 40 minutes before each session, core exercises, endurance runs of 7 miles and speed runs of 3 miles, along with weight training. But while Woods is competitive on the golf course, he said he doesn't have an ego in the weight room.
'I've never, ever hurt myself lifting,' Woods said. 'I hear people say, 'I hurt this' or 'I hurt that.' I don't even know what that feels like. I've been sore, but I've always been able to function and do whatever I wanted to. ... Some people let their ego get in the way. You have to listen to your inner self. Your body knows when it can be pushed and when you just need to back off a little bit.'
Woods opts for high repetitions and smaller weights, although Kleven said he is 'off the charts' with how much he can lift.
'His endurance and strength allows us to do more reps at high levels than normally seen in a golfer,' Kleven said, without disclosing specific weights. 'His resistance for high reps is extremely high.'
Woods is featured on the cover of Men's Fitness, which goes on sale Friday. He is wearing a red, sleeveless shirt and holding a golf club. The photos that accompany the story show Woods in the gym doing pull-ups, squats and curls.
Woods was wiry when he left Stanford, at 6-foot-2 and 158 pounds. He said he tried to gain weight through high school and college, but his father told him that family history suggested he would not be able to gain weight.
'Dad would say, 'You probably won't hit your optimal weight until you're 30 or 35,'' Woods said. 'I said, 'I'm trying to put on weight.' He said, 'It ain't gonna happen. When the body says it's time to fill out, it'll fill out.''
Woods said he continued to lift weights without seeing any results, and the change occurred about the time he won the career Grand Slam in 2000 at age 24.
'I was actually able to lay down muscle for the first time, and I was able to keep it,' Woods said. 'It was exciting. I'd never experienced that before. It was nice to feel stronger. All that work was starting to show up.'
Still, Kleven said their various routines are built around posture and balance.
Woods, who became a father June 18, has plenty of company in some of his workouts. He said wife Elin was doing 45 minutes of cardiovascular work when she was seven months' pregnant.
'She's a runner, just like I am,' Woods told the magazine. 'There's no doubt I'm faster than she is, but there's no doubt she can run a lot longer than I can. She can keep her pace up forever. It's frustrating because I like to go for speed, and she can go all day. If we were doing a half-marathon, she'd smoke me.'
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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.