Teach, Don't Just Critique
Getting Golf to Accept Fitness
Some Misconceptions that are holding golf fitness back:
- Lifting causes injuries
- Lifting will make golfers bulky
- Lifting will make golfers lose mobility
- It isn't important to be strong for golf.
- Getting stronger has been associated with decreased injuries (cut them in half). Yes, lifting like an idiot can hurt you, but so can doing anything like an idiot.
- It is very possible to get stronger without putting on significant weight, nobody "bulks up" on accident, it takes a conscious effort. Bodybuilders train very differently than athletes.
- Lifting through a full range of motion actually improves flexibility and mobility, not the opposite. In fact, lifting is often found to be as useful as stretching to improve mobility.
- It is very important to be strong for golf. See any of my other posts on the subject to learn more.
How do we progress the sport?
The world of golf respects history and is resistant to change.
The fitness world in general is one of mixed messages and misconceptions.
A lot of this has to do with misinterpretation of research and principals within exercise science or a general misunderstanding of the complexity of the human body and its adaptations to stress.
So what do we do about it?
And most of all, stay patient. Change does not usually happen overnight.
I welcome any comments, suggestions, or discussion. Feel free to leave comments here or on twitter (@golfingathlete1) and I will respond when I get the chance!