A “pro-cardio” internet troll put me in my place yesterday

Yesterday, we posted a new ad on Facebook promoting our Safety Guide and got a response that really grinded my gears. 

If you’re unfamiliar, the Safety Guide is a pdf we put out to keep golfers from making the same workout mistakes we see time and time again. 

Here’s the headline of the ad: “Finally the Truth…Cardio DOES NOT Mean Better Golf.” 

Here’s how the body started:  “It’s true… Cardio IS NOT the answer to improving your golf game. In fact, there are 3 key reasons why cardio is NOT what you should be doing.” 

The entire reason we made the video is because we see so many golfers default to jogging and other cardio exercise because they’re just not sure what to do.  Happens all of the time. 

In fact, there is a 3-minute, accompanying video that explains that in further detail, but we still got this comment: 

Telling people that cardio is bad for them is irresponsible… telling them that only doing cardio isn’t the best way of preparing for their golf game would be more appropriate. 

To be fair, I put myself out there, so a lot of people aren’t going to like what I have to say.  Still, I sometimes take it too personally. 

When I first read it, I immediately thought to myself, “what a d-bag.”  At no time did I say that cardio is bad.  In his second part, he’s actually proving my point.  If you’ve followed us for any length of time, we’ve always said that we all just need to get off the couch and at least do something.   

Second, please don’t tell me what is and isn’t appropriate.  There’s enough censorship on Facebook, I don’t need every word and syllable dissected. 

I thought about it for a while, then snapped myself out of it.  I chose the positive mindset.  A calm came over me and I didn’t think about it until now to tell you the story.   

And this guy could be being an a**hole, or really trying to help.  I don’t know.  And I don’t care.   

That doesn’t change anything…cardio is not the best way to get into shape to play your best golf.   

Generally, we golfers have three goals when we work out: 

  1. Move better – running on a treadmill doing the same motion over and over obviously isn’t going to help you get into different positions. 
  1. Lose/maintain our weight – our bodies are so smart that we actually become more efficient and spare those calories when we feel the slow burn of cardio. 
  1. More distance – the long slow slug of cardio can’t possibly increase your speed.   

But Jeff, if cardio isn’t the answer, then what is? 

Two words… 

Build Strength 

Your #1 Fan, 

Jeff Pelizzaro 

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