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PILATES FOR GOLF

by | Jun 23, 2016

Hit the ball further, straighter and more accurately with less chance of injury…

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Whether twisting the body on a drive, squatting down to measure a putt or leaning over to pick up a ball, golfers are constantly torqueing their bodies. Golf also requires repeating the same essential movements. As a result some muscles become overused and others weaken, causing an imbalance.

For a golfer, muscle imbalances can affect the legs, hips, arms, shoulders, and the lower back. It can also affect your game, particularly for those over the age of 50. Your drives may be shorter and less accurate, your stamina may decrease, and the potential for debilitating strains, pulls and tears becomes much higher.

Many golfers – from weekend warriors to the game’s elite like Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam – are now turning to Pilates as an essential training tool that keeps the body in balance and actually improves performance.

Why Pilates?

Pilates is based on movement from the center of the body, as are most shots in golf. It strengthens the center of the body, also known as the core (the trunk, shoulder girdles and pelvis). Core strength can improve hip rotation, range of motion in the shoulders and back stability leading to more powerful and accurate golf shots. It is also a full body exercise that works all muscles and is easy on the joints. The end result is a flexible, symmetrically muscled body that is strengthened from the inside out.

Pilates helps you:

  • Build up the back muscles evenly
  • Elongate and align the spine for better stability
  • Strengthen the abdominals
  • Increase overall flexibility, strength, and balance
  • Increase range of motion in hips and shoulders
  • Enhance concentration through focused breathing

Performance Benefits:

A stronger and more stable core helps golfers:

  • Attain an optimal backswing and follow-through with increased range of motion in shoulders
  • Get more distance and power because of added hip and torso flexibility
  • Have a stronger and bigger hip turn for greater power through rotation
  • Create a smoother and more powerful swing due to evenly conditioned back muscles
  • Maximize balance and alignment while rotating
  • Decrease fatigue because of less strain on the body
  • Hold a body position long enough to play through a shot
  • Play without pain!

Nutritional Seminars and Products:

Golf is just like any other sport. To maximize your performance you must be in top condition, and a good diet is an important aspect of this. Eating the right foods is important for golfers to provide the energy to fuel your body during training and games, and for recovery afterwards. Four or five hours on a golf course in the heat of the day is draining, and fueling your body properly will help you hit the ball the same on the 18th hole as you did on the first. 

Simple preparation of nutrient rich foods is what keeps a body healthy.  Choosing the proper foods and supplements will help restore your energy, bring wellness and healing into your life, combined with exercise. 

The correct foods for your body have the power to heal, just as the wrong foods can trigger illness, hormonal imbalance and rapid aging.  The wisest and most meaningful investment you can make is in your health, and the easiest way to improve your health is through proper nutrition.

Pilates Dynamics Wellness Center hosts Nutritional Seminars on a monthly basis on various topics that improves your well-being and longevity.

Contact Andriesa Verloop on: 011 792 5459 

 

 

 

 

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