WHY DO I WORK OUT?

This is probably one of my favorite topics to talk about. Not because I enjoy fitness more than golf (which is not the case), but because of the slight understanding of my fans into why I work out and spend so much time looking after my body and endurance. 

Non-golfers say that golf better meets the definition of "game" rather than "sport," because it does not require rigorous physical activity, and can be played professionally by people who are overweight, or non-athletic. I like to consider golf as sport not a game, and my goal is to spread this as far as I can reach throughout my social media platforms.

I understand some of the best profesional golfer´s physique can prove us wrong, but times are changing. Technology has stepped up the game, making it easier for players to hit it further. Hence, golf course have been pressured to add length to their holes. Players are swinging faster and as the game of golf is growing worldwide, so does out schedules. We get to play 30+ weeks a year. If you add up how phsycyally (not only mentally) draining it is also to travel from event to event — because not all of us travel like Rickie Fowler and Jordan Speith. I will say, adding all things considered, it is a grind. A type of grind you need to get your body fit for it. So that will be my first reason as to why I work out.

 Wearing  top  and  leggings  from Skechers. My new thing now is to wear all black when working out.  

Wearing top and leggings from Skechers. My new thing now is to wear all black when working out.  

Another reason to consider the necessity of being active at the gym is the golf swing and the biomechanics behind it. As I mentioned before, we create a high intensity explosive move when we swing. We are not caressing the ball when we hit it. It might look smooth, but there is a lot of power in each swing. But what I really want to catch your attention with is how unathletic and unnatural a golf swing is. Picture a tennis player set up waiting to receive a serve, or a goalie waiting to stop a penalty. They will have almost all weight in their toes, a lot more knee bend and their body more leaning forward. The golfer stance is not what I call an athletic posture. We have less knee bend that any other athlete in position to engage. The lack of knee bend creates a certain unprotected posture for our lower back. Which we know what that leads to in we don't strengthen that area. Our arms are hanging but yet we must keep our scapulas back and low. We rotate our upper body with as quiet lower body as we can to create a bigger torque — which creates power. At impact, we create a pelvic extension that by no means is good for our lower back. And all that, how many times in a row during a day? Yeah, so that´s that. 

Then there is the mental aspect which maybe you never thought about. Working out requieres discipline, at to become the best at any field, you need a heck lot of that. So I teach myself a lesson every time I get myself out of the couch. Working out also requieres a lot of mental strength. And you also need metal strength to fight through on a Sunday when you realize you are still on the 13th hole. Because as much as I like to work out, I hate to suffer on the rower set after set. It burns, it really burns. But I firmly believe you can get tired physically but keep pushing because of your mind. But if your mind gives up before your body, YOU ARE DONE my friend. Your body might have a limit, but there is no limits for your mind! How beautiful is to think that way?

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For future reference, when you see a post of my workout routine, please be aware I probably already spent my 4-5 hours on the golf course. The day has a lot of daylight hours, and one can do a lot of things if done effectively. ;)

With that being said, who wants to join me on my next workout sessions? 


Este es uno de mis temas favoritos. Y no porque me guste hacer ejercicio mas que practicar golf, si no por la falta de compresión de alguno de mis fans en entender por qué hago tanto ejercicio para el golf. 

Mucha gente que no juega al golf, clasifica al golf más como un juego que un deporte. Una de las razones es porque la mayoría de los golfistas profesionales no tienen un perfil atlético riguroso. Y lo entiendo. Hay muchos ejemplos de golfistas entre los mejores del mundo que pueden considerarse que estén gordos o que su dieta nos deje que desear. Pero los tiempos están cambiando. Gracias a la tecnología, los jugadores le están pegando mas fuerte a la bola. Los diseñadores de campos de golf se han visto obligados a alargar los hoyos para incrementar la dificultad. Los jugadores a su vez están incrementando la velocidad de swing, y a la medida que el golf crece en multitudes también aumentan las semanas de competición a nuestros calendarios. Hoy en día podemos jugar 30+ semanas al año. Y si añades no solo el desgaste físico de tanto viajar si no el mental, comprenderéis por que mantenerse activo en el gimnasio es tan importante. 

Otro aspecto a tomar en consideración es la biomecánica del swing. Como mencioné con anterioridad, creamos un noviembre de alta intensidad y rápido a la hora de hacer el swing. Aunque parezca que estas acariciando la bola desde afuera, no es el caso. Pero el dato que quiero recalcar es lo poco natural y atlético que es un swing de golf. Si te fijas la postura de un tenista esperando a recibir un saque o la de un portero esperando para parar un gol, ambos deportistas tienen las rodillas mas dobladas y con el peso mas en la punta de los pies, con el tronco superior mas inclinado. En el stance de golf, nosotros disminuimos la flexion de rodillas y tenemos el peso del cuerpo mas centrado, con una inclinación del tren superior inferior. Esto hace desproteger las espalda baja. 

Luego en el momento del impacto creamos una extension de la parte pélvica con rotaciones también. Esto son movimientos que no son naturales para el cuerpo humano. Con lo cual, hay que fortalecer mucho las músculos grandes como los glúteos, y el core y trabajar en la flexible de la caderas y los flexores de cadera para mantener la espalda neutra y protegida. 

Luego está la parte mental de hacer ejercicio, que apuesto a que muchos no han parado a prestarle atención. Para mi es una de las razones más importantes. El golf es un deporte que fisicamente uno no se cansa mucho. Es cierto que jugamos muchas semanas seguidas y que andamos mas de 6 millas al día todos los días, pero si se descargan las piernas con un buena masaje y/o baño de agua helada o masajes con hielos, uno se puede recuperar para el día siguiente rápido. Pero lo que mata en el golf es el cansancio mental. Y esto se puede entrenar en el gimnasio. 

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