There's a big difference between being "fit" and training for sport. I learned this years ago when I embarked on a training program with Athletes' Performance. Located in Phoenix Arizona, Athletes' Performance, now known as EXOS, is an off-season haven for the world's best athletes and others dedicated to wellness and a higher level of achievement. Their philosophy on performance has proven so effective, they've expanded their reach to corporate wellness, the military and beyond.
Before AP, fitness to me was doing push-ups, pull-ups, squats and anything that would help me cinch up my waistline. Just one day in their program, however, opened up a whole new world as to what it meant to train in a manner that served a purpose bigger than the human ego.
Gone were the days of sitting on a machine pushing or pulling with an isolated motion. At AP it was all about strength, explosive power, mobility and endurance. Each day was filled with a systematically crafted series of stretches, jumps, chops, twists and bursts that primed and conditioned the body to serve the purpose of winning!
One of my favorite exercises for golf is the lateral med ball throw demonstrated in this week's challenge video (see video below). Not only does it connect with the motion of a powerful golf swing, it's a great anaerobic exercise that really pumps up your heart rate.
The next time you hit the gym, think about what it means to truly train for a better performance and you can count this week's challenge as complete.
Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of MTT Performance. The program operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow him on Twitter at @mttgolf
1. LeBron James: He's back home in Cleveland and the city has magically been healed of all its ails by the biggest Nike billboard in history! And then? LeBron played perhaps the worst regular season game I've ever seen him play in the Cavs' opener, losing to my lowly Knicks. Seventeen points, four assists and eight turnovers? We got all excited for that? That's OK. As we all know, the NBA has a season that's way too long. King James has plenty of time to figure things out. And that billboard is pretty awesome.
2. San Francisco Giants: Congrats. Again. The Giants are like the bizarro version of their bay-area rivals, the Oakland A's. They never seems that great until they makes it into the playoffs. Of course, it helps when you have Madison Bumgarner. At 25, he's already cemented his legacy as an October legend, helping the Giants to three titles. The lefty pitched 21 innings in the Fall Classic and allowed one run while picking up two wins and the longest-save in World Series history in Game 7 to easily earn MVP honors (he was also MVP of the NLCS). He now owns a 0.25 ERA and a 0.528 WHIP in the World Series. Ridiculous.
3. Mike Jirschele: Who? He's the Kansas City Royals third base coach (yeah, we had to Google him) who opted not to send Alex Gordon home in the bottom of the ninth inning after a wild single and two-base error by the Giants' outfield. From any camera angle, it looks like Gordon probably would have been thrown out to end the game, but what were the odds the Royals would get another hit? MADISON BUMGARNER was pitching! Nate Silver makes the case that even though Gordon's odds of scoring on the play were very low, it actually would have given the Royals a better chance of winning. We've learned not to argue with Nate Silver.
4. "The Affair": In semi "what my fiancee made me watch on TV" news, I'm totally hooked by this new drama on Showtime. I say "semi" because I was going to give it a chance anyway since Dominic West, who played one of TV's all-time great characters, Jimmy McNulty, on "The Wire" is one of the co-stars. As you can probably tell from the title, it's a bit steamy and not for kids. But boy, is it suspenseful, and it's laid out in an interesting he-said-she-said manner. And it involves an affair. OK, we don't want to give too much away.
5. Taylor Swift: Love or hate her music, the young songstress' popularity seems unrivaled these days. After no 2014 music albums going platinum (selling a million copies) all year, Swift's new release, "1989," pulled off the feat in its FIRST week. And NPR actually gave it a pretty good review. There, so you don't have to feel so bad for singing along to "Shake it Off" in your car.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan was quick to congratulate Kang for the rare feat:
And fellow pro Jessica Korda offered a suggestion:
This is what Kang, a two-time U.S. Women's Amateur winner, tweeted after her hole-in-one last week at the Blue Bay LPGA, where she won a Buick Lacrosse:
But apparently, she really had her eye on the Audi A6 T2.0.
"I was actually thinking about a hole-in-one, because I've been touching that car," Kang said after. "I really wanted the car."
OK, now she's just getting greedy.
In an interview with his buddy and Back9Network personality, Ahmad Rashad, Jordan is asked who would be in his dream foursome. It's a pretty standard question asked of golfers and Jordan begins with a pretty standard answer of Arnold Palmer (Well, he's also quick to say Rashad would not be in it). Then, things got a bit rough.
Jordan picks Barack Obama because he's never played with him, but then changes his mind, calling the President of the United States a "hack," and "it would be all day playing with him." Rashad asks if he really wants to say that and Jordan responds, "I've never said he wasn't a great politician," Jordan said. "I'm just saying he's a shitty golfer."
Ouch. Here's the clip:
The ultimate competitor as a player, Jordan famously used his NBA Hall of Fame induction speech in 2009 to take shots at everyone from players and coaches to his own sons. Considering he snubbed two people before giving two answers to this innocent question it appears Jordan hasn't lost his steely touch.
True story: A basketball coach who is a friend of mine was trying to explain to a bunch of his kids how to take a jump shot. He told them to jump straight up as if they were standing in a phone booth without a roof. One kid raised his hand and said, "Coach, what's a phone booth?" I'll spare you the dated-technology reference when explaining the backswing, but in order to take the club back optimally, you need to avoid swaying or sliding and ending up in the start of a reverse pivot as golf instructor Dave Phillips is demonstrating here (photo). His weight is literally shifting in the wrong direction.
One reason golfers sway or slide during the backswing is ineffective stabilizer muscles. Your butt and hip muscles are supposed to keep your lower body relatively still as you wind up during the backswing. Another reason is lacking the ability to disassociate movements of the upper and lower bodies from each other. You should be able to rotate your trunk with minimal rotation of your hips.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.
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According to NJ.com, eight golf carts were stolen from the Hollywood Golf Course, a private club in Ocean Township, N.J. Police say the gas-powered Club Car carts were taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The report says the thieves, who have yet to be caught, cut a hole in a chain-link fence on a dead end street. Police believe the carts were then loaded onto a trailer.
That certainly makes sense. A clean getaway on eight separate carts, particularly ones that run on gas, would have been a bit tricky.