This week for my blog I reached into the mailbag to answer some questions from clients. I want to share those answers with everyone.
How do I achieve strength and flexibility without compromising the other?
This question like most others is hard to answer on a specific basis. Since each person is different, just like we all have different fingerprints. Depending on where you are starting from with your strength and flexibility.
If your starting point is one of being very mobile and flexible I would say to focus more on strength. You just have to make sure you take the time to continue to work on your flexibility. Don't let it get pushed aside.
On the other hand, if you are starting with a better base of strength. You need to focus more on your flexibility. Again you would need to maintain your strength while achieving your flexibility goals.
The more in depth answer is that it depends. Having someone like myself you can after a thorough assessment can determine strength and flexibility issues. We create a program that would give you both without sacrificing the other.
It can be tough to find the right balance if you're not experienced in this. You may have weak adductors (muscles of the hips/groin) but it may also be tight. So you have the stretch them, but you also have to strengthen them. And yes this does happen way more than you may think. Again, having someone like myself assess you would be the key.
If you at least start out looking at what your starting point is, of either strength or flexibility you will be able to make some smarter decisions on where to go.
How long until I see dramatic results?
I love answering questions like this, because again this is highly individualized. This again depends on your starting point and what your goals are. If you are already in good shape it could take a little while to notice dramatic results. If you are a more untrained person, fairly sedentary you will see results sooner, only because your body is not used to the demands you will be placing it under.
I generally tell people that if you give me 30 days of consistent work you will start to feel and move different. For those dramatic results that this client was asking, I would generally say 12 weeks. That is enough time to take you from a base of mobility and stability, and build a good amount of strength as well.
Guys on tour, is it mostly genetics or the combination with proper physical routine?
I would be lying if I said genetics has nothing to do with it. Certain body types are built better for golf, when looking at limb lengths and over all height. But that doesn't mean that genetics can stop you from being great either.
This is an amazing quote. I love to use it when I talk to younger golfers. I want them to understand the value of hard work and preparation. There will always be some out there working hard and doing more to prepare than you. You must be relentless in your pursuit of greatness.
If you do that you can be amazing. If you have the genetics you will have a leg up on others, but it never means you will be the best.
If you have questions you would like us to answer feel free to reply to this email with your questions. It can be anything about a physical issue or relating to golf fitness and we will do our best to answer your questions for you.