I've read about Olympic lifting helping with the golf swing - can you explain further?

Published 31/01/2011 07:19:00


In an "Ask the Experts" answer, it was the suggested the reader "consider exploring Olympic style lifting, flexibility training and balance and stability conditioning". How does one go about this? 



Consider a personal trainer. It's important to find a qualified and experienced individual with whom to work. They don't have to be golfers themselves but they do need to understand that posture, balance and functional movements contribute to golf performance and health.


Look for trainers with certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (C.S.C.S. or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) the National Academy of Sports medicine (C.P.T or Certified Personal Trainer) as these individuals will tend to have more experience and a greater understanding of sports conditioning than say an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer. After having been certified by all of the above organizations I can tell you that anyone, and I mean anyone can pass an A.C.E. exam however the NSCA and NASM both have much more comprehensive and challenging certification requirements. The American College of Sports Medicine certification--the "gold standard"--is more aerobically oriented and though an impressive credential is not the thing to look for when evaluating the credentials of your golf fitness trainer. This'll sound strange perhaps but a combination football strength coach / physical therapist is your ideal choice.


If you live in the San Diego area perhaps Paul Chek can become your personal trainer. He has a great sports conditioning program and is that ideal choice mentioned above. Chek focuses on balance, stability and functional movement development.


Also, check with your local A.A.U.(Amateur Athletic Union) to find an Olympic Lifting club. Olympic lifting is technique intensive--an example of an exercise Olympic lifters use might be a "power clean", which is quickly lifting a (loaded) bar from the floor to the shoulders in one movement--but is well worth the effort in learning and sweat. Can't find one? No problem.

Your personal trainer will at least have some other exercises that build power almost as well.


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