205: Uncover Your True Physical Potential | Dr. Mike Kay

Today we are talking training with Dr. Mike Kay from Premier Fitness Systems in Scottsdale, AZ. Training for you, for golfers, for athletes, and the broad spectrum that it can require in order to meet your goals and needs.

We are constantly learning new and innovative ways to improve performance.  Our guest today, Dr. Mike Kay, does exactly this on a regular basis with his clients. Constantly trying to find the most effective and efficient ways to reach his clients’ fitness and health goals, whether they are professional athletes (from UFC to PGA players) or the general populace.

In this episode, we discuss, about the commonalities between weekend warriors and the professional athletes, what are the basics we all need to be working on, and what are differences between these groups when the goal is to play more efficiently and prevent injury.

Mike Kay’s Background

  • Mike is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, working as a director of education and performance specialist at Premier Fitness Systems in Scottsdale, AZ. Michael works with various athletes from PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, MLB, NFL, and UFC.
  • Mike has an extensive background in various manual therapies, exercise approaches, and program design/implementation. This allows his approach to span from rehab to the highest levels of performance.
  • Michael graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas with a degree in Biology and Kinesiology. Michael related to the evidence based, hands on approach in Physical Therapy.
  • He graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in Orange, California. From there he went on to work in multiple outpatient orthopedic settings.

Highlights from this Episode

  • mike kayMike gives us insight into both his work at Premiere Fitness Systems, what working with professional and amateur athletes looks like, and common things we can overlook and not put enough attention on when it comes to training like monitoring breathing.
  • We define “The Cannister” and how it affects both our golf swing and our daily lives.
  • “Kangaroos vs.Gorillas” what the heck does this mean and how he uses these categories to best fit people into an archetype to build upon.
  • What he’s seen working with PGA Golfers, what he looks for as far as where to start training (like joint health), finding their baseline and working with his clients to come up with a plan moving forward.
  • The similarities between his programing for us weekend warriors and the PGA professionals.
  • Why keeping things simple and getting the client a quick win early on to keep morale and motivation progressing is so important.
  • The most common injuries and limitations he finds in the amateur golfers, like hip and lower back issues.
Parting Questions

Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack

What would be your walk up song? Even Flow by Pearl Jam

If you could play 18 holes with anyone, who would it be? My Brother at Augusta

What has you most excited with PFS?  Just excited to learn and discover more.

Any last advice for the 18Strong Audience? Don’t stop learning!

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