A Balanced Swing - Week 4

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Welcome to week 4 of our new series A Balanced Swing! With my golf fitness classes you can improve your golf game while increasing your fitness level! For this series we have been using a weighted club and a balance Bosu ball. Both can be purchased in the Golf Fitness Pro Shop at a discount for Golf Channel subscribers.
 
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When you incorporate the balance ball into your workouts, you improve balance, flexibility and coordination for your golf swing by calling on the core muscles of the body.
 
Step 1: To determine your current fitness level, take the Fitness Analyzer on KellyBlackburn.com.
 
Step 2: Print a copy of the strength training log.
 
Step 3: Each week you will have a new exercises. This is a progressive workout which means that every week you will perform the new exercise along with the exercise from the weeks prior. Review weeks 1 - 3.

Step 4: Perform the workout 2-3 times a week for maximum results!

Here are the benefits you can receive from this series:
 
1) Improve balance
2) Increase flexibility
3) Improve coordination
4) Strengthen core muscles: abdominal, mid and lower back muscles
 
Increase core strength, balance and ball striking by training on the balance ball with your weighted swing trainer. BOSU Balance Trainer helps to strengthen and coordinate your body including the muscles that you don't see. BOSU Balance Trainer targets the core muscles of your body'those muscles around your abdominal and back area'helping you to not only gain strength, trim, and tone, but to help coordinate your entire body. Your BOSU Balance Trainer is available with a workout video, a pump and exercise manual!
 
Are you ready? Let's get started....
 
Alignment

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Before beginning your balance drills, make sure you are in proper alignment atop the balance ball. Simply place the weighted swing trainer behind you with the clubhead on the crown of the head and the shaft running down the spine.
 
Extension Drill

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Stand atop the balance ball and assume the address position with your weighted club. Slowly draw the club back to parallel to the ground. Hold for a 4 second count. Slowly swing the club to the extension position. Hold for a 4 second count and slowly return to the start position. Remember to check your balance. If you are leaning too far forward or too far backward you will be unstable in your address position.

Recommended Reps:
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps

 
Get started on a healthier new you and improve your game! See the golf fitness DVDs and training aids available in the pro shop at a 15% savings! Remember you will need a balance ball and weighted club to continue this series!
 
Kelly
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    Editor's Note: Kelly Blackburn has traveled the PGA Tour and Champions Tour circuits as a fitness consultant and trainer for 12 years. Kelly welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at BlackburnOnTour@aol.com. Visit KellyBlackburn.com to learn more about health and fitness for golf.