Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Programs Featured at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-25

Golf fitness. It’s increasingly becoming a massive part of the golf industry. Quite frankly it has to be a part of the conversation when the distance debate rears its ugly head. With the technology that’s been developed for personal fitness it’s no doubt golfers (or athletes in general) have gotten faster… notice I never said bigger.

On top of the technology you have to look at the amount of R&D that’s been poured into physical fitness. Thousands of hours spent in university labs and so on looking for breakthroughs in kinesiology.

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At the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show world renowned experts in their field will assemble at the Orange County Convention Center in the Fitness Pavilion. It is here where they will be putting on demonstrations that focus on everything from the core to the mental side and yes… more power. Please see the press release below for more information.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) — The Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area of the PGA Show Floor, presented in partnership with TPI, will feature a full schedule of complimentary education sessions and more than 75 related exhibits during the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-25, in Orlando, Florida.

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Three days of fitness, medical, health, wellness and instructional presentations build a robust programming schedule at the PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Stage, positioned adjacent to the TPI and Life Fitness booths in the #1000 aisle. Expert speakers, such as Trevor Anderson, Milo Bryant, KC Craichy, Dave Herman, Lynn Marriott, Dr. Bhrett McCabe, Pia Nilsson and many more, will cover a variety of subjects to help golf instructors better integrate health, wellness and fitness into their grassroots programs.

Additionally, more than 75 golf fitness, sports performance and instruction companies will exhibit in the expanded area, to showcase the newest products and services related to both the golf and resort fitness industries. View full education session descriptions and the directory of Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction pavilion companies at PGAShow2019.com/FitnessPavilion.

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The PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area is one of several interactive PGA Show Floor destinations among the exciting exhibits offered by more than 1,000 top golf companies and brands at the 66th PGA Merchandise Show in the Orange County Convention Center.

PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Presentation Schedule
(As of Jan. 8, 2019 – Subject to Change)
 
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Functional Core Training Anywhere – Powered by SuperFlex Bands – by Dave Herman
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Truth about Metabolism, Hormones & Golf – by Ali Gilbert
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Fitness Demonstration Series, Simple Power Drills – by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Elongate Your Spine to Elongate Your Golf Career – by Janet Alexander and Dan Helman
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Blocked and Random Practice: Which One Should I Use? – by Trillium Rose, PGA/LPGA
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Golf Specific Dynamic Warm-Ups – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Be A Player, Learn about the Game’s Hidden Fundamentals – by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott, PGA
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Pulley/Cable-based Workouts – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Increasing Swing Speed – by Michael Napoleon, PGA
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Improving Thoracic Spine Rotation – by Greg Johnson
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Move Better – Play Better, Golf Mobility Training – by Blaine Seitz, PGA
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series – Medicine Ball Workouts – by Greg Johnson
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. BIG Training in Small Spaces – by Greg Johnson
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Multi-Sport Training for Junior Golfers:  The Biomechanics of Fun & Safety – by Dr. Steven Lorick
   
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Operation Mobility Restoration – by Nick Mueller
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breaking Free of “Suckville” – The Space between Reality and Potential – by Dr Bhrett McCabe
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Mini-Bands Drills & Exercises – by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Numbers Behind College Golf – by Brendan Ryan
11:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, LATS – The Forgotten Core Muscle – by Greg Johnson
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Driving Efficient Power in Golfers through Proper Foot Function, Ground Reaction Forces, and the Kinematic Sequence – by Katherine Roberts
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Glute Training from Beginner to Advanced – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “SPA” (Stability, Power, and Athleticism) Training with Practical Tools for BETTER Performance – by Trevor Anderson
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Shoulder Training & Integrity – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 5 Things You Need to Know About Hemp Oil – by Steve Patterson, PGA
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Setup Pelvic Posture – by Greg Johnson
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Dangers of O-T-C Medicines and Alternatives That Won’t Compromise Your Health – by KC Craichy
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Cervical Stability – by Greg Johnson
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Strength Revival PGA Professionals Need – by Kevin Duffy, PGA
4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Balancing Act – by Greg Johnson
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. All Systems Firing to Increase Clubhead Speed and Hit the Ball Further – by Dan Kleckner
   
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Bridging the Performance Gap from Assessment of Dysfunction – by Mitch Sadowski
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Checks and Balances for Older Golfers, the Diminishing Balance Ability – by John D’Amico
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Sitting Syndrome by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Motivating Young Minds – by Milo Bryant
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Peg Leg: Evaluation and Correction for the Golfer – by James Spencer
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Perfect Plank/Core Training – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 6-Step System to Golf Fit as a Golf Professional – by Kaitlyn Pimental
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Retraining for Thoracic Spine Extension – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Training Under Pressure to Yield World-Class Performance – by Charles Pan

About the PGA Merchandise Show
The 66th PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-25, 2019, in Orlando, will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is a trade-only event, not open to the public.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Health, Fitness and Well-Being

*Waiver: I am in no way shape or form a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or certified personal trainer. It is advised to see a physician before starting any fitness program.

I think it’s safe to say that this editorial isn’t really just golf-related. The reason being that much of what I have to say has been done with golf being a secondary reason. But the golfing benefits with better fitness is a direct by-product of your efforts. To say that good fitness isn’t  important to golf isn’t true because being stronger, faster or better flexibility isn’t essential to play golf. does it help? Of course! After having been asked what I’ve been doing to lose weight I thought that I would answer in this manner.

When I started working out to what some might describe as “semi-religiously” it came out of pure necessity. I had gone to my Vascular Surgeon after receiving some results that weren’t favorable. As a cardiac patient and diabetic having the addition of moderate to severe blockages of the Iliac, Renal, Femoral and Tibial arteries is just a crappy situation. For those that don’t know the pain when you have Peripheral Arterial Disease is brutal. Cramping and the burning are the least of the pain and worries with potential amputations (like me in 2014) just adds to the stress and misery. The pain generally tries to hold you back from what you generally do in the course of a day and it can be a strain on you psychologically. Factor in a blockage of say… Innominate Artery (right Carotid and Subclavian) and it just creates a little more complication.

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Me in NYC in 2015. Went to see Jimmy Fallon.

That day in the office of the surgeon I was given three choices. Where I was hopeful of receiving intervention I was told that we could 1. Do angioplasty. It would help for about 16 months and then it would return while weakening the vessels. 2. Do by-pass surgery from the groin down to the lower leg. Using all of the veins that I’ll assuredly need down the road. It would last roughly 10 years. Then what? 3. Live like a 45 year-old as best as I can. I chose the latter. So I commenced a fitness and better health regimen. What did it consist of? I’ve undergone a “regimen” of working out (5 days/wk) and better eating. In case you’re wondering if it was a special diet the answer is no. I still eat the same things but less of it.

Fitness – My fitness regiment is nothing too fancy. These workouts aren’t for getting ready for the next Mr. or Mrs. Universe contest but they are intended for burning calories while gaining strength, endurance and flexibility. I divide my days where twice a week the focus is on arms and chest. Twice a week I focus on legs/stretch days and once a week is a circuit training day (combined).

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On the way to the 2017 PGA Show. Weighed 220 lbs.

I manage to do cardio every day and that is mostly thanks to my Labrador Retriever who’s been vital in me remaining active. I try to take him for two 1-hour long walks and a couple of shorter 15-20 minutes each day. While at the gym I don’t sit on a treadmill, bike, stair climber or elliptical for 45 minutes or more. I employ HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and it lasts for 5 minutes. This simply means going hard for 30 seconds and then slowly for 30 and alternate. This increases the heart rate while boosting the metabolism where you burn calories post-workout as well.

The weight-lifting as mentioned are separated. As far as golf goes having bulging biceps is mostly unimportant. Actually, unless you’re competing in Long Drive they could be detrimental to your swing mechanics. Starting out I used real light weights as I was easing myself into the regimen. I noticed strength gains almost immediately and then I got to a point where I noticed the bulking up. When that happened I hit a plateau (about 3 months later) and took a week off. When I returned to working out I commenced doing lighter, high-intensity work-outs. Basically employing HIIT to these as well. The goal was to burn calories and develop lean muscle mass. Which is what I’m continuing to do. Aim for lean muscle mass. When working out decide what you want… and remember this formula.

Bulk – More Weight… Less Reps (e.g. Chest Press 185 lbs x 8 reps)

Lean Muscle Mass – Less Weight… More Reps (e.g. Chest Press 85 lbs x 20 reps)

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November 2017. I weighed about 215 here started to shift focus to lean muscle mass.

Better Eating. This can mean anything but in my case what I did was I simply cut down on my carbohydrate intake. This change was out of necessity as I was trying to stretch out my mileage of insulin prescriptions. “Carbs” are bad and they turn into sugar which drives blood glucose levels up. In an effort to start using less insulin I reduced my carb intake (I aim for no more than 140 grams/day). In doing so it helped with the weight loss and my blood glucose levels improved. I actually have gone for a couple stretches of 3 days without a need to inject once. While cutting the carbs I increased the amount of protein I was ingesting. Whether it was through eating more meats, drinking protein shakes or snacking on nuts and seeds instead of popcorn/chips I get my protein every day one way or another. Fruits and veggies are important as we know. When I’m in the mood to eat fruits and vegetables I eat them but when I don’t feel like it… forget it! thus the beauty of smoothies and protein shakes. There are a ton of great flavors out there. Also, if you’re on the road there’s likely a Booster Juice, Jamba Juice or similar somewhere near you. Just don’t be afraid to eat what you like… eat in moderation.

Suggestion – Don’t eat a large bag of potato chips… instead consider eating a small bag.

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December 2017, Down to 210 lbs.

Well Being. One thing that I don’t talk about is my long battle fighting depression. I laugh and smile and often it’s simply a “mask”. Depression affects all of us differently. In my case two of the things that happens is that I get something that I call “White Noise”. You know when you turn on a television and you see the “snow”? That snow is what I feel in my head. If it isn’t them it’s “voices” or “demons” and they’re powerful nasty buggers. On several occasions they’ve nearly led me to my end… my death. I’ve fought suicide on more occasions than I care to count. Why haven’t I done it? Cowardice I think… I don’t really know. Since working out my mental health has improved to a degree and the demons aren’t as loud as they once were. Psychologically it’s helped. One of my favorite parts  of my workouts is stretching and unlike bulging muscles this is important to golf. While stretching I clear my head (I do this in a sauna sometimes). I have tried yoga classes but that was an epic failure. From unexpected flatulence to just not being able to get into the positions from arthritis and the neurological issues prevented me from further exploring yoga. Make sure you stretch.

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At the range yesterday. January 11th, 2018. 198 lbs.

Getting bigger, faster and stronger is great for golf. But losing a few pounds and feeling better about yourself makes every ounce of sweat well worth. Feel better! #fightandgrind

Until The Next Tee!!

A Season of Change

It’s been a while since I wrote a small blurb or editorial so here we go…

Much can said about the bad fortune that us… “People of the North” suffer from. Us poor souls (as hearty as we are) that have to hang up our golf clubs as “Old Man Winter” steadily approaches. Eager to get us into his cold clutches and drive us indoors. A term that we effectively call the “off-season”. Our southern friends taught us with cell pictures of them suffering in tropical temperatures playing golf as we go into a “golf hibernation”. Laugh at us all you want but there is a silver lining to our black cloud full of snow.

I have been adamant in declaring that there is simply #NoOffSeason for those of us in the northern climates. As a matter of fact it’s not an off-season at all as it’s more like a “season of change”. This time of the year is perfect for us to “recognize and react” to deficiencies in our game. This can mean a number of things. Perhaps our putting is woeful so maybe we get a putting mat and try a change of stroke. Perhaps a new grip to hold that flat stick. Maybe that Vardon Grip hasn’t been working for you… so maybe it’s the right time of the year to experiment with a switch to an Interlocking or a 10 Finger Grip.

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LOL… no David. There is no “gun show”. It’s more like a gun convention.

Personally speaking, this year I’m making a number of changes. I’ve committed myself to a change in eating and fitness. I’ve decided to cut the carbs which does two things. The first is to lower my blood glucose levels and the second reason is to cut weight. All in all the changes are mostly due to recent test results of my arteries and I really need to make some serious changes since surgical intervention is not currently on the table. The results thus far have seen a reduction in weight. I started my fitness regimen at 223 lbs and I am now . under 210 lbs for the first time since 1996. Also, I am needing to inject less insulin which is a great feeling to help control my blood sugar. Not to mention that I’ve been feeling a little better lately.

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Seeing things with a different perspective.

Other changes that I’ve made recently are to benefit my golf game. Coupled with working I have re-introduced myself to SuperSpeed Golf. More clubhead speed is always good. On the whole I’ve been struggling with my golf game and part of the reason is my vision. I decided to try wearing glasses while I play golf. I played a round recently with a friend (Randy) who also wears glasses when he plays and wearing the glasses caused me issues. My depth perception changed… so it seemed like the ball wasn’t where I thought it was in my stance. Or from a lie standpoint. The ball seemed closer and as Randy pointed my brain was having a hard time believing what it was seeing. It will take time but it did pay a dividend. I can see the greens better and I think it really solved why my putting was so poor this year. I thought that I was seeing breaks when I wasn’t.

In the meantime, as long as the snow isn’t flying and the courses are open think like an onion and layer”. I guess the main purpose of this article can be summed up. Truthfully, there is #NoOffSeason. Make a change… the time is now. It’s officially the “season of change”.

Until The Next Tee!!