Dead Lift For Power In The Golf Swing

I really like the dead lift exercise for developing hip strength and power. But the really cool thing is it mimics the hip hinge in the golf set up. I recommend that every golfer implement some version of the dead lift in their exercise program especially women. Check out the video below for a demonstration of the kettlebell dead lift pattern. Other versions are on the way including the single leg dead lift which is one of my favorites. Enjoy and good luck with your exercise program.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 4, 2012

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Golfers Should Stop Stretching Before They Play

Are you one of those golfers that are stretching out before you play or hit balls. Well check out this research that again explains that passive stretching before you play may not be the best thing for you. I always recommend warming up by performing functional movements and of course by hitting balls. And by all means do your stretching on a regular basis after your golf fitness exercise program, but not right before you play. Read the research here on my website.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on December 14, 2010

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A “Superset” For Increased Power In The Golf Swing

We are always looking for increased power in the golf swing. Supersets are often used to add extra challenge to our workout as well as help in weight loss. This week I’d like to show a superset that helps build leg and core strength.

A superset is when you do 2 exercises back-to-back. Sometimes you have a little rest in-between the 2 exercises and other times you don’t. So what you may want to start with the rest method. In other words perform the first exercise for 30 seconds, rest 30 seconds and then perform the second exercise for 30 seconds. Continue in the manner for 4 rounds.

An alternative to this is to perform the first exercise for 30 seconds and immediately perform the second exercise for 30 seconds & then rest for 30 seconds. So the rest is between each superset vs. each exercise. Again perform 4 rounds.
Try the first option first and if it is to easy then go to the second option.

So this superset is a push-up followed by a jump squat. You can see the pictures below & I hope to have videos of my supersets completed soon. For the jump squat you want to squat down as shown then jump up as the arms go down and back (ignore the band around the knees).
So remember to perform in good form and follow one of the above options.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 18, 2010

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Pushups For Charity Northbrook A Success!

Here’s a few pictures and the video of our push-up charity event on Saturday April 10. Thanks again to all participants and those that donated. I will update with our final amount raised in a week.
Enjoy the efforts of those that participated.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on April 11, 2010

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Are You Really Working On Your Health And Wellness?

I recently read an article that used the analogy of a car when describing the maintenance of a healthy body. It totally made sense. Her’s may take, so read on.

What if you were given a car at the age of 16 but was told that this would be the only car you would ever own. Also you were told when the car got old you can switch out a few parts (not many), but the parts would not be the same as the originals.

How would take care of it? pretty good I would think. You would change the oil, feed it good gas, wash it all the time and frequently maintain it. I’m thinking you would also drive it sensibly and not abuse it.

Does the same hold for your body? Do you treat it well so it will last for a long time?

With the current questions in our health care system I think it is pretty scary as to what it may look like in a few years. So you can either be proactive or sit back and wait to see what happens.
The thing is…..we will all eventually spend money and time on our health. It might be an emergency room visit, a total knee replacement or 10 drugs to take every day. It’s going to consume time & money!

However, I think it makes more sense to be proactive and spend the time now to work on your health. Invest the time & money in the nutritionist, the massage therapist and the exercise coach now because I hate to see what the future holds if you don’t. Trying to fix the broken down car in the future will take a lot more time & money than what we realize.
Prevention is key…..develop and implement your plan now.
Good Luck!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on January 26, 2010

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Interval Training – What Is It?

There has been a lot of discussion over the past several years regarding interval training. I for one, highly recommend interval training for anyone that wants to improve their health and fitness level. There is plenty of research that points out the benefits of this type of training and often times shows it is more beneficial than the traditional steady state aerobic exercise.

Interval training is basically intermittent bouts of exercise followed by a period of rest/recovery. It is usually high intensity exercise, like sprinting, followed by low intensity exercise such as walking. It can be conducted on various types of traditional cardiovascular equipment. You can also perform an interval program in much less time than the traditional long endurance program. I personally feel that running and cycling, as well as body weight exercises are superior to any other forms of interval training.

The benefits include, more efficient weight loss, improved heart and lung capacity, prevention of heart disease, lung disease and stroke. The one benefit I find very interesting is that of lung function. As we age our lungpower will decrease unless we exercise and expand our lungs. Needles to say, taking a walk does not expand your lungs! The bottom line is, you need to exercise hard enough to cause heavy breathing/panting, and perform it on a regular basis. That’s how you exercise the lungs, and ensure good lung function as you age. So next time you do some exercise, kick up the intensity a little. And if you are really serious, get some help from a fitness professional to develop a kick butt interval program that is best for you.
Good Luck!

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Golf Mobility Exercise To Improve The Shoulder Turn

Here is a a new mobility exercise video that will help increase the shoulder turn in your golf swing.  As I have mentioned several times before, you want to ensure that the majority of the rotation in the golf swing is coming from your upper back.  Often times golfers will over rotate through the low back which can lead to low back pain.

The shoulder turn is not only dependent upon the golf set up posture, but also the actual mobility of the upper back (thoracic spine) region.  This exercise takes advantage of the natural biomechanics of the thoracic spine and the relationship of the movements rotation and side bend.  These 2 movements occur in the spine together especially in the golf swing.

So give this a try and watch that shoulder turn improve.  Good Luck!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 16, 2009

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Longer Drives With Increased Shoulder Turn!

I was talking with one of my golf clients a few days ago and she explained that her teaching professional asked if she was tight through her upper back. She told him no and explained that I found that she had good flexibility with her shoulder turn. So the teaching professional simply asked if she could turn a little farther while staying in a good position. She tried it and of course she could, because she has the flexibility/mobility. What then happened was she hit balls while turning more and they were going much farther. Simply put she was able to hit farther with that greater shoulder turn.

Now I know that many people lack this flexibility/mobility in the upper back, as well as the stability through the pelvis that is needed in the backswing. So here is an exercise that helps work on both mobility and stability specific to the backswing. Give it a try!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on March 3, 2009

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