Fit For 18 Holes - Week 4

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Welcome to week 4 of our new series Fit for 18 Holes! With my golf fitness classes you can improve your golf game and increase your fitness level! For this series we are using a weighted club for the dynamic warm up, a regular iron, driver or golf cart for the on course exercises. When you incorporate these exercises while playing, you improve flexibility and decrease the risk of injury associated with your golf swing. The weighted club can be purchased in the Pro Shop. If you are just joining us, see week 1-3 to catch up!
 
Take these simple steps before the first tee:
 
Step 1: Do a dynamic warm up with the weighted club before the practice range. (See the Dynamic series in Kellys archive on The Golf Channel)
Step 2: Continue the flexibility exercises starting at the tee box of the 2nd hole while you await your turn to tee off. You will have 2 exercises for every other tee box or you can choose to do one exercise for every tee box.
Step 3: Each week you will have a new exercise. This is a progressive workout which means that every week you will have a new exercise to perform along with the exercise from weeks prior. Execute each stretch to a comfortable position and hold for 20-30 seconds.
Step 4: Perform the exercise upon approaching the next tee box to stay flexible and injury free for maximum results!
 
Lets get started!
 
Tee #8
 
CLUB
Oblique Stretch

 
Hold your club overhead with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly bend at the waist maintaining no movement in the hips and lower your torso until you feel a good stretch. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat to the opposite side. Remember to keep both knees bent slightly and the abdomen tight for support.
 

 
CART
Chest & Shoulder

 
Standing to the side of the cart, reach out the arm closest to the cart and grab the canopy support bar. Now move away from the cart until your arm is fully extended and slowly rotate your torso away from the cart until you feel the stretch in your chest and shoulder. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds and repeat to the opposite side.


 
Kelly
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    Kelly Blackburn Health & FitnessEditor's Note: Kelly Blackburn has traveled the PGA Tour and Champions Tour circuits as a fitness consultant and trainer for 13 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.