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by Big Jim

Golf and Strength? HUH??

October 23, 2012 in Strength Training

Golfers aren't athletes so strength training won't help their game…right?
Wrong- If you're a golfer, your swing can be improved with Proper Strength Training and this is true whether you are an amateur or on the Pro Am Tour!

Strength, Power, flexibility, agility, and even endurance are physical traits that every golfer must possess.

It was once noted that golfers are not athletic therefore they do not need fitness as a component to their golf-game. That statement is just as absurd as the practice of coaches during the 1950's and 1960's not letting their players drink water during practice because it developed mental toughness.

For years I have observed in amazement the injuries that occur with the golf enthusiast. Injuries such as elbow tendonitis, knee injuries, hip injuries, neck injuries, shoulder injuries and the most de-habilitating of all, an injured low back.

From a pure fitness point of view, there are tow (2) key factors that not only will improve a golfer's functional performance but will also reduce their potential for injury. Increased muscular strength and increased flexibility will give any golfer the potential to play a better game of golf and for many more years.

At a recent national golf conference, the statement was made 'currently golf technology has peaked and now the golfer had better seek out and pursue a proper golf fitness program.

Now, regardless of your age or your skill level, you will be surprised what a proper strength and flexibility program incorporated into your weekly schedule will do for your golf game. At we have the programs for golfers that are seriously improving their golf game!

by Big Jim

Top Ten Ways to Proper Strength Train Anywhere, Anytime without any Special Equipment

October 23, 2012 in Strength Training

By Jim Flanagan

Proper Strength Training is the most important form exercise that will keep your muscles strong and flexible. With a healthy diet and two or three 30 minute sessions a week of proper strength training, you can actually build muscle and increase your strength.Some of these exercises are more effective with a 'buddy' or training partner and always be ready to create, improvise, and adjust your routines in order to produce meaning results. If you do not have a set of barbells and dumbbells, you can fill a pint or quart plastic milk container with a handle with sand to use as hand weights which will provide greater resistance. Resistance produces a force which will stimulate a muscle to work and ultimately grow. Start with as many repetitions you can do until you 'fail' and cannot complete any more reps. Try to increase the number of reps in each session and keep accurate records.

1.Body weight squats (performed with back against wall for stability)

2.Body weight push-ups or add manual resistance with training partner.

3.Body weight lunges or add Barbells, dumbbells, or homemade hand weights for greater resistance

4.Body weight sit-upsor add manual resistance with training partner

5.Seated towel pulls (manual resistance with training partner seated opposite)

6.Shrugs with added Barbells, dumbbells, or homemade hand weights for greater resistance

7.Seated Dips using sturdy chair

8.Manual Neck Exercises using heel of your hand for resistance

9.Heel Raises on stairs or on stable 2 X 6 or 2 X 8

10.Triceps Extension with added Barbells, Dumbbells, or homemade hand weights for greater resistance