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