The Principle Charity Classictees off this week, but before the pro’s hit the links, many of them will hit a unique gym.
“It’s not the best fitness facility there is, but for being completely portable and mobile like it is, it’s really, really a good facility,” says Kent Biggerstaff, a fitness coordinator for the PGA.
Dick Mast, a player on the Champions Tour agrees, “Golf is a lot more demanding than a lot of people think.”
He uses the gym, mounted on an 18-wheeler, regularly.
“I could not play without coming in and warming up first. And Kent’s been a big part of that.”
“We try to keep the players on the golf course,” says Biggerstaff.
The gym goes wherever the tour goes. Last Sunday, the trailer was in Texas. It comes with two treadmills, three bikes and dozens of other gadgets to keep the golfer’s performance on par – or better.
“We have both a pre-round and post round regimen,” says Biggerstaff.
The focus is on maintaining flexibility and balance, reducing muscle loss and preventing injury.
“On the Champions Tour, the most common things are knee, hip, shoulder and elbow because of overuse.”
The workouts begin with a warm-up, which includes two exercises for the upper back. Biggerstaff says most golfers neglect their upper back. These exercises open up the chest and engage multiple muscle groups.
Other exercises help with trunk and shoulder rotation. The chop with a medicine ball rounds out our warm-up. Now it’s on to the “post round” workout. Biggerstaff focuses on cardio, core exercises and a few moves to strengthen the gluts.
“So much of your power comes from there,” says Biggerstaff
With our shoulders positioned on a bench, we lift and lower using just one leg. That, coupled with a one-legged row, is like a double bogie for the butt.
Pro or novice, Biggerstaff says these exercises should be on every golfer’s score card.
“If they would do those for three or four minutes before they went and played they’d feel so much better.”