Happy Wednesday my fellow golf and fitness nut…or maybe you’re just getting started.
Give it some time, you’ll be a crazy person just like the rest of the Crew:)
This week, we’ve been talking about strength training. And now it’s time to address the elephant in the room that, like clockwork, comes up every time we talk about lifting weights…
WON’T LIFTING WEIGHTS MAKE ME BULKY?
Which is golf code for “I don’t want to lose flexibility.”
“Fear of bulk” is one of the biggest myths surrounding strength training. And I get it.
A few years after college, I ran into a guy I went to high school with. And he turned into a monster!
His biceps were so big that his buddy had to put down the back of his collar because he couldn’t reach it. He wasn’t a golfer, but I’m sure he would have been terrible because of how stiff he was.
Guess what? Yeah, he was taking a s***load of steroids.
The quick answer is NO, you’re not going to get stiff and bulky when you lift weights.
Instead, you’ll get lean and toned.
Strength training is only 10-15% of the “slim down or bulk up” equation. The other is nutrition and total calories consumed.
Weight Loss = Strength Training + Caloric Deficit
Bulking = Strength Training + Caloric Surplus
When DeChambeau bulked up, he was consuming a ton of calories. Estimates have it around 5,000-6,000 each day – probably double what his “maintenance” number of calories is.
So, if you’re worried about getting too big and stiff, remember that it is really, really hard to bulk up – guys try for years and years with zero luck.
Don’t let the irrational fear of bulking keep you from the most powerful training a golfer has at his disposal – strength/resistance training.
You’ve got this,
PS – If you’re a member of the 18STRONG App, then check out the new total body workout we loaded for March…there are some new, fun exercises we don’t usually use that I’ve been testing (on myself, of course).
If, for some crazy reason you don’t have the 18STRONG App, jump in today to see how so many golfers are getting into the best shape of their lives…and having fun doing it.