Kelly I have to share my great news! I started the year with a physical and the not so good news of being 70 pounds over my ideal weight. Since I have been following your classes along with your weight management program I have lost 36 pounds, but even more exciting I have improved my game and can walk 18 holes. Thank you for your classes! - - Elizabeth W. Tampa, FL
I have been doing your workouts for 7 weeks using the Strength Tubing. Im pleased to tell you I have added 12 more yards off the tee and my energy is consistent through all 18 holes. - - John K. Austin, TX
Keep sending those testimonials! Lets move ahead with week 9 of our series Fundamentally Fit for Your Game! Each week we are using training tools found in the Pro Shop. All Golf Channel subscribers receive a discounted price for each training tool in this series. We are using a wide variety of tools from weighted power balls to your golf cart to keep you fit for your game! For those of you just joining us, you can review weeks 1-8 for additional training tips for your game. This weeks tip features both the Stretch Trainer and Stretch Tubing which are accompanied by an easy to follow DVD, easy to store, compact to travel with and lightweight.
Here are the benefits you can receive from these training devices:
1) Strengthen the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing
2) Strengthen the trunk which is critical in making an effective turn
3) Strengthen the forearms and wrists for better club control
4) Strengthen the upper arms for added distance off the tee
5) Ultimately increase your overall fitness level and reduce your handicap!
Now lets get started!
Start: Place one foot in the center of the tubing and place the opposite foot forward. Grip the handles with both hands and extend overhead to increase tension.
Action: Bend both elbows and lower the forearms behind the head keeping your elbows close to your ears.
Finish: Hold for a few seconds and slowly return to the start. Repeat.
Tip: Strengthen the upper arms for more distance off the tee.
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps
If you have questions about your current golf fitness level, take the Fitness Analyzer on KellyBlackburn.com.
Start: Stand with both feet shoulder width apart and hips rotated forward. Place the loop into the right hand and extend the stretch trainer overhead. Place the opposite hand behind the back and grip the stretch trainer.
Action: Bend the elbow of the extended arm and slowly pull downward on the stretch trainer. Hold for 30 seconds.
Finish: Release the tension and repeat but the second time increase the stretch.
Tips: Keep the knees and abdomen flexed. Do not arch the back.
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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 11 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.