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June 19, 2011 | 6:18 p.m.

Fitness: Body for Balance for Performance

David Ostrow, CEO of Body Balance for Performance, says this is oneof the best exercises for golfers. It develops the gluteal muscles, which comprise the buttocks. Strong glutes are necessary to provide stability and strength during a golf swing. Ostrow says this exercise can be performed by people with bad backs. 

1. Start with the feet and back flat on the floor.

2. Raise the buttocks to form a straight line across the chest to the knees.

3. Straighten a leg without allowing the back to dip toward the floor. Alternate legs.
David Ostrow, CEO of Body Balance for Performance, says this is oneof the best exercises for golfers. It develops the gluteal muscles, which comprise the buttocks. Strong glutes are necessary to provide stability and strength during a golf swing. Ostrow says this exercise can be performed by people with bad backs. 1. Start with the feet and back flat on the floor. 2. Raise the buttocks to form a straight line across the chest to the knees. 3. Straighten a leg without allowing the back to dip toward the floor. Alternate legs.

June 7, 2011 | 4:34 p.m.

Conditioned for competition

James Achenbach

How does a golfer start a fitness program? How does any person, regardless of his or her golfing ability, get in shape to become a better or more consistent player?

David Ostrow, CEO of Body Balance for Performance, one of the leading organizations in golf fitness, has some answers.

Across the United States, Body Balance includes 32 franchise operations that focus on golf as well as other sports activities. Ostrow saidmany Body Balance clients begin their fitness programs in the winter, a perfect time for most people to initiate a fitness routine.

Ostrow, a physical therapist, is certified bythe Titleist ...

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First came shoes and gloves, then a popular line of performance golf outerwear.

FootJoy’s next business expansion long has seemed destined, and now it’s imminent: The Fairhaven, Mass.-based company announced it will fully enter the golf apparel business.

Beginning in January, FootJoy plans to begin shipping what it described as “a complete range of golf apparel comprised of performance fabrics.” The company already has tested the market with sales of performance shirts.

“This strategic initiative has been carefully considered for several years and is supported by an extremely sophisticated and comprehensive study of the golf apparel category ...

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May 19, 2010 | 4:07 p.m.

Workout machine

Beth Ann Nichols
Suzann Pettersen demonstrating fitness in her home gym for Golfweek Style Issue.
Suzann Pettersen demonstrating fitness in her home gym for Golfweek Style Issue.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan walked into his first players’ meeting last November behind Suzann Pettersen and thought: I need to get to the gym more.

If Pettersen wasn’t a top-5 golfer, she might be a physical therapist or elite trainer. She’s fascinated by the body and how it performs. A back injury in 2005 left her crawling, and every workout since has been designed with her back in mind.

Pettersen built a $40,000 gym in the basement of her Orlando, Fla., home, where she works out with trainer Dave Herman. On the road, she gets a kick ...

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May 18, 2010 | 12:08 p.m.

Exercise gear

James Achenbach
Momentus Strength Trainer
Momentus Strength Trainer

Many golfers have their favorite exercise devices. Often the most useful and effective golf fitness and strength-training aids are the simplest. Here is a collection of golf warm-up equipment, training tools or exercise gear for the home or course, each costing less than $100.


Fit for Golf Training Ball

The skinny: This is a 6-pound medicine ball with eight golf fitness exercises clearly illustrated on the ball’s cover. The exercises focus primarily on the back, legs and core.

Cost: $39.95

Available: Immediate

Web site: www.fitforgolfshop.com


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Izzo Golf Resistance Cords

The skinny: Intended to strengthen hips, torso ...

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July 25, 2006 | 8:29 p.m.

2006: For your game - Get strong to go ...

James Achenbach

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Gerry James is a PGA golf professional, but any similarity to other instructors ends there.

James is a muscle man. A former winner of the Mr. California bodybuilding title, he also won the 2005 senior division crown in the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship. To do that, he clobbered a 366-yard tee shot at night with the temperature near 60.

Now he tees off on a different subject: He believes most golfers are too lackadaisical in their exercise routines. He preaches intensity in the gym. He advocates carefully supervised strength training with heavier weights. He ...

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James Achenbach

Let’s get to the core of the matter.

Golfers everywhere are talking about core fitness, core training and core muscles. Many don’t know exactly what they are talking about, but this modern exercise philosophy sounds important and can result, as distance-starved golfers are learning, in longer drives.

That’s the core of the matter: Golfers want to hit the ball farther, and core fitness is one way to gain extra distance. However, this emphasis on core offers much more.

Core means center. It refers to the trunk of the body, the area between the thighs and chest. It ...

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September 28, 2005 | 8:02 p.m.

2005: Features - Hardcore

James Achenbach

Look out. As you and your golf game turn the proverbial corner, you may bump squarely into the future.

If you ask me, the future of golf is the side-by-side combination of swing training and body training. It is the symbiosis of core muscle training with core golf training – in other words, the best way to exercise is bonded with the best way to swing.

Core, in this case, means center of the body, or trunk. It is the connection point for many of the crucial muscles and joints used in the golf swing.

This marriage of fitness and instruction ...

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February 26, 2002 | midnight

How improved flexibility can help you

James Achenbach

ANAHEIM, Calif. – If you as a golfer do not pay attention to the overall strength and condition of your body, you probably are adding strokes and losing driving distance.

Whether you are a man or woman, a lack of flexibility or strength can easily lead to unwanted compensations during the golf swing.

These were key messages from the four-day World Golf Fitness Summit that ended Oct. 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Trainers and researchers from 10 countries were uncompromising in their belief that poor fitness is a major contributor to poor golf.

The good news, according to these experts ...

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February 26, 2002 | midnight

Let Lardon help you find your zone

James Achenbach

SAN DIEGO – Dr. Mike Lardon is a sports psychiatrist. The difference between a sports psychiatrist and a sports psychologist can be as wide as, oh, the Pacific Ocean.

Unlike sports psychology, a largely unregulated field with a wide range of qualifications, sports psychiatrists such as Lardon are medical doctors.

Lardon majored in psychology at Stanford University, graduated from the University of Texas Medical School, attended UCLA for internal medicine training, and completed his psychiatry residency plus a two-year fellowship in psychobiology (the relationship of the mind and body) at the University of California at San Diego.

He serves as an ...

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February 26, 2002 | midnight

Pilates promoting flexibility for golf

James Achenbach

ORLANDO, FLA. – What in the world is Pilates for golf?

In short, it's a fitness program – including dozens of individual exercises that can be done without machines – in which the golfer lies mostly on his/her back, stomach or side. The body is then extended, spread out or stretched to concentrate on specific muscles and muscle groups. Increased flexibility is the major goal.

“The exercises are simple and easy,” Pilates teacher Sarah Christensen said, “and the benefits are huge.”

Added fitness instructor and stretching expert Roger Fredericks, of La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.: “Pilates is more ...

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