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Earlier this month I had the the opportunity of taking the Level 1 RPR (Reflexive Performance Reset) course. Long story short, it was more insightful then I ever imagined. As many of my clients and colleagues know I am a firm believer in proper movement mechanics, strength, stability and mobility. All of these play an...
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It’s that time of the year again: the “new year, new me” saga. How often are those words said with real intention but no real commitment. So, how can we actually achieve these New Years’ resolutions? Set realistic goals – ensure that you don’t set yourself up for failure. Write them down – Statistics show...
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Banded crab walks are one of my favorite exercises to preform on lower body days. The purpose of this exercise is to build strength and glute activation in both gluteus medius and maximus. Normally I like to perform this exercise before squatting or deadlifting to make sure my body is primed for the exercises. Follow...
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PVC pipe pass throughs are one of my favorite shoulder and postural mobility exercises. This exercise is great for increasing shoulder mobility and strength, while also developing proper overhead posture. Make sure you’re keeping a neutral posture and keeping that rib cage pulled down. Go ahead and give this a try.
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In my opinion, the T-Bar is the most useful piece of equipment in every gym. Why you may ask?  It can be used to train both upper and lower body, help teach proper motor patterns (hip hinge, squat, deadlift) and it also can be used to train all aspects of strength, power and hypertrophy. What...
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This month’s exercise of the month focuses on the core. Modified deadbug holds are one of my favorite core and postural exercises. This exercise allows you to work multiple plans at the same time. We do this everyday. However, my favorite thing about this exercise is that it teaches you to contract your core and...
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The majority of people suffer from tight hamstrings. It’s one of the leading causes in postural issues and back pain, especially in golfers. This month’s mobility exercise will help in fixing that problem. It’s very simple. Just lie on your back with one leg straight against the floor and the other leg at a 90-degree...
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Shoulder health is something every golfer needs, but something every golfer neglects. Shoulder cars are a great exercise to help target those unloved shoulders we all have. It is important that you keep a neutral and tight core throughout the range of motion. Going into extension or “losing” your core will allow for false ranges...
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This month’s exercise of the month is Kneeling T-Bar Press with rotation. I normally incorporate this exercise into most of my clients’ programs, due to the many ways this exercise can be performed.This exercise is excellent for building upper body strength, while training rotation and anti-rotation. It’s important that the lifter keep a neutral posture...
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The most frequently asked question asked of me is, “What exercises do you recommend for back pain/problems?” There is no one answer to that question. Why is that? It is primarily due to the fact I like to screen the client to see where the pain is actual coming from or what is actually causing...
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Mobility means nothing without stability. The Kneeling twist with tension, is a mobility exercise I like to use with my clients to open up the hips, t-spine, and work the core. This exercise allows me to see how the range of motion is affected under tension. My client in the video can tell you that...
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PVC Drill The PVC drill is a method I like to use when coaching a proper hip hinge. I like to coach this drill because is gives my clients intent feed back. To preform this, place the PVC Pipe on your back and there will be three places of contact, the back of the head,...
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Our hips create a lot of power and its important that we learn how to harness that power, especially in the golf swing. How do you harness the power, through a proper hip hinge. What is a hip hinge? The hip hinge, is flexion and extension originating at the hip. It is a fundamental pattern,...
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A few months ago, I wrote an article about the importance of warming up before teeing it up on the golf course. Way too often, I see people trying to squeeze in a workout, skipping or just completely forgetting the warm-up because they feel the main movement is more important. When in fact, the warm-up...
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This month’s exercise of the month is a kneeling push press. It is a great exercise for working your postural muscles, while performing a pressing motion. Also, it is a good exercise to use if you’re looking for a pressing motion that is different than a bench press or shoulder press. It is a lot...
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The mobility exercise of the month for July is called the reach roll lift. This exercise strengthens the lower trap and improves shoulder mobility in the golf swing. If shoulder stabilization is something you are looking for, this is a great mobility exercise for you.
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Over the past several decades, fitness in golf has been a highly debated topic. Until recently, fitness was viewed negatively on the golf community and was something you “never” should do. However, even though times are changing, people still critic the place of fitness and lifting within the golf community. Prime examples of this are...
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We are all looking to get the best results from our training. However, are we getting the best results if we don’t really know what we need to improve? This is where a movement screening comes in handy. The results from movement screening can help you program your training to improve and restore your physical...
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This month’s exercise of the month is Landmind Squat Press. This exercise is a great total body strength exercise. I like using this exercise with my athletes for two reasons: Its easier to keep a neutral spine angle Its a great exercise for creating explosiveness Give it a try!
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You ever feel locked up in your upper back or thoracic spine? This month’s mobility exercise is a great way to create more mobility in your upper back. This exercise is called reachbacks (quadruped with external rotation). This exercise targets the upper body, chest, mid-back, shoulder, and t-spine to be exact. When performing this exercise...
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This month’s exercise of the month is half kneeling step outs with rotation. Take a look! This exercise is good for developing core and hip stability with rotation. When performing this exercise you are targeting the abs, glutes, core, hip flexors, hips and thoracic spine. It’s a great full body exercise. However the best part...
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Over the past year, I have focused my training on improving my game on the course. Why you may ask? There are two main reasons why I chose to do this. The first reason is actually simple. I wanted to improve my game on the course, and I’m a firm believer that begins in the...
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Part 2 Last month, I started an article about the importance of warming up properly before a round of golf. So, let’s review what we talked about in the last post. How many of you walk up to the tee, grab your club and just hit the ball, as the player in the video below?...
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The exercise of the month for March are squats. Why squats you may ask? Squats are a fundamental exercise that everyone needs to be doing. They help in building a strong lower body and help golfers establish a stable base in their swing. Squats target almost everything in the lower body; glutes, hamstrings, hips, knees...
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Lately, I have been asked many questions regarding certain mobility exercises and stretches. So, I decided to start a monthly mobility blog. This month’s mobility exercise is called 90/90. This exercise is great in helping to increase the internal and external rotation of the hips. It’s not the most comfortable exercise, but it’s very effective....
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How many of you walk up to the tee, grab your club, take a few swings and then just let it rip? I’d bet a fair amount of money that the majority of you reading this are guilty. I know I am. But, why is it important we warm up properly? As I have mentioned...
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The exercise of the month for February is Dead Bugs. For those of you that have been following my recent articles, hopefully you can see by now how important posture is. Dead Bugs are a great exercise to help strength your core and help you in creating a more neutral posture. It is also a...
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Last weekend, the entire NBS team and I, had an amazing opportunity to attend the Elitefts Sports Performance Summit at Ohio State University. It was a once in the lifetime opportunity to have all of those brilliant minds together in one place. At the summit, we were lucky enough to learn from some of the...
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The golf season is just around the corner. Weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer. It’s important that you start preparing your body for the long season ahead. How should you do that? There are 3 things you can do to make sure you are going to be prepared for those long...
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The exercise of the month for February is the deadlift. Deadlifting is an important element to any strength-training program whether you’re just starting out or following an advanced program. It’s a great full body exercise because it engages both the upper and lower body. In fact, it also shocks your nervous system and improves total...
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In my last article, I discussed the two different types of posture, S-Posture and C-Posture, and how important posture is to the game of golf. Recapping, posture is crucial in every shot you are attempting to hit. However, what part of the body plays the leading role in keeping our posture on point during the...
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Not only is good posture important in everyday life, but it also plays a vital role in the golf swing. In a perfect world, we would all exhibit a neutral spine position 24/7. However, due to jobs, stress, injury, and just day-to-day activities, we all lack the perfect posture that our moms tried to instill...
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I decided to start a monthly blog series on exercises that will not only improve your overall strength, but also your game. This month’s “exercise of the month” is a Farmer’s Carry. What is a Farmer’s Carry? The easiest way to explain this exercise is to pick up something heavy and walk with it. When...
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In the past, strength training in golf has been a highly debated topic. However, times are changing. Strength training is important in every sport, even in golf. That’s right, I said it! Proper strength training, on a regular basis, will help prepare a golfer for the physical demands put on their body, reduce risk of...
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