18SP 046: Mike Brantl | Yoga for Golfers

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Mike Brantl of Mike Brantl Golf Fitness and author of “The Empowered Golfer” shares his expertise in the world of yoga for golf.

Mike Brantl is a TPI Level 3 certified golf fitness instructor that has an expert background in the practice of Yoga.  Mike has been using yoga with his golfers for many years and explains some of the incredible benefits he has seen in golfers of all levels.

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Mike Brantl’s Background

  • TPI Level 3 Golf Fitness InstructorMike Brantl
  • Has worked as a strength coach and personal trainer since 1991
  • Mike grew up playing golf and caddying at a young age but didn’t start playing seriously until his 20’s
  • Mike is the author of the book “The Empowered Golfer: Yoga for Optimal Golf Performance”

Highlights from this Episode

  • Mike explains yoga for us, what it is, the background of it, different styles, etc.
  • We discuss the different ways that yoga can benefit a golfer
    • Breathing
    • Posture
    • Mobility/stability
    • “Grounding” and transferring energy
  • Mike and I discuss the “one-sidedness” of golf and why yoga can be a great way to help balance out the body
  • Yoga can also work as a natural corrective exercise technique due to the body learning to stabilize in new positions and result in more range of motion as a result
  • Mike explains what a novice can do to start working on some yoga techniques
  • He gives several resources that will be helpful in learning more about yoga and provide you with some introductory poses
  • Mike suggests a few poses that he likes using in certain situations for the golfer (some videos are linked below)

Recommended Book:

“The Empowered Golfer: Yoga for Optimal Golf Performance” by Mike Brantl

(the current version of this book is not in print as Mike is working on a new version, but he does have it available for sale in digital form.  Simply email him at [email protected]

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What are you excited about in your near future?

Mike is excited about some changes in his business, a location change back to the northeast, and working with his golfers and other clients

Where to Find Mike Brantl

Other Links Mentioned

Mike’s Article on TPI “How Yoga can Improve Your Golf Game”

Paul Grilley’s website and bio

Anatomy of Yoga DVD

Videos of poses:

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