PODCAST EPISODES

148: Tony Gentilcore: Why golfers should lift heavy things.

Today I am excited to hang out with Tony Gentilcore, strength coach, and fitness writer extraordinaire!  Tony is an expert when it comes to the deadlift and basically anything regarding picking up heavy things (oh and Star Wars). So naturally, I wanted to discuss with him why some people aren’t on board with the deadlift and what we should consider when thinking about using it in our programs, and also why he lifting “heavy” things might be one of the most important things you can do for your game and your long term health. Tony loves coaching and loves that he gets to work with such a wide variety of clientele on a daily basis. “I love getting people stronger and helping them buy into the mentality of setting performance-based goals.” He lives in Boston with his wife Lisa, and son Julian. Tony Gentilcore’s Background Tony grew up an active kid, playing baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, swimming, kickball, and a ton of bike riding. He graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Health Education and a concentration in Health/Wellness Promotion. He played two years at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY where he was named Most Valuable Pitcher in both his Freshman and Sophomore years, and also made All-Conference and All-Region his sophomore year. Tony was one of the founders of Cressey Sports Performance with another very well known strength coach, Eric Cressey, where he worked with professional athletes on a regular basis. Tony currently trains in his own facility in Boston, MA, CORE and spends a good majority of his time writing for his blog TonyGentilcore.com and other major fitness publications. Highlights from this Episode Tony’s thoughts on the deadlift. There is a lot of conflicting information about whether deadlifts are good or bad for you, which we get into. Some dos and don’ts of deadlifts that everyone should be taking into account. There are a number of ways to approach it, and every person is going to be different depending on their skill, age, available equipment etc. Why back pain is most often not related to your back.

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147: Andrew Rice: “Keep it Simple” with a better understanding of your swing

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Andrew Rice. I was first introduced to Andrew through his content on Revolution Golf, and have really enjoyed his style of teaching and his emphasis on not getting overcomplicated with your golf swing.

As an instructor for over 25 years and an avid user of current teaching technology, Andrew is definitely on the cutting edge of instruction, but I feel he really excels in being able to take all of the data and fancy tools and relate them in an understandable way to the golfer.

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146: The Golfer’s Guide to Hydration

Golf is hard.  And there are a lot of components that contribute to making it difficult.  Typically, in order to improve, we resort to working on our technique, getting in better shape, fighting off nagging injuries, or other methods that often take a long time and a lot of work.  But there is a secret weapon that can have an immediate impact on your game and prevent you from breaking down at the end of your round. This week on the podcast I am talking all about hydration for golf and why it might be one of the most important, but overlooked components that could change your game. My recent trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama allowed me to play a couple of rounds of golf in the hot, humid Gulf weather.  This got me thinking about staying hydrated on the course and wondering about some of the physiology of what is actually going on when we sweat and how it affects our performance. So in this episode, I break down the basics of hydration/dehydration by looking at: What is actually happening in the body The main substances and chemicals that contribute What dehydration can mean for your golf game Share some of the performance products that I use/recommend Give you 7 tips for fighting dehydration to keep you from giving up sloppy strokes Below is the outline of notes for the show, including links to any resources mentioned during the show and other online articles/studies that were used to gather information. The Golfer’s Guide to Hydration (Outline) The body needs water for survival. (If water is the gas, electrolytes are the motor oil). It delivers good stuff like oxygen, nutrients, and hormones while removing wastes and other junk. Regulates body and cellular temps Definitions: Hydration: the condition of having adequate fluid in the tissues of the body Dehydration: an abnormal depletion of body fluids (the body needs more fluids than are present or being input to function normally) What’s normal hydration? Body’s water % (can only really measure with a body fat scale using bioelectric impedence analysis, which sends electrical signals through the body) Men 50-65% Women 45-60% Urine: light

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145: Become a better ball striker with Adam Young

I’m super excited to bring Adam Young back on the show this week.  Adam has taught golf all over the world, has a best-selling book The Practice Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Golfers, and now has created an online training course to help golfers all over the world become better ball strikers in The Strike Plan.

In this interview, Adam helps us understand some of the basic, yet often misunderstood, priorities when it comes to hitting the ball better and more consistently.  He also shares some of the strategies that they have been implementing with students to practice much more effectively.

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144: Adam Stevenson: The Mind. The Body. The Golf Swing.

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Adam Stevenson. Adam is a PGA Professional and TPI Certified Fitness and Medical Coach. He has a focus on assessing what a golfer’s body is capable of doing so that together with the golfer’s interest, he can help them find the safest and most effective way possible to achieve their goals of improving their game and their lives. He’s passionate about learning and has an ever growing library. He’s constantly attending educational seminars, workshops and pretty much anything that he feels can help cure his curiosity. Adam’s second passion is coaching and sharing his knowledge with others. Adam was also on the podcast a while back to talk about off-season preparation in episode 19. Adam Stevenson’s Background Adam is the premier golf instructor in Denmark (evn though he’s Canadian ;-). Adam enjoys working with golfers of all ages and levels of expertise, and his approach is to look at every golfer as an individual to try to help them achieve their goals as effectively and efficiently as possible. Adam is the Author of the “Golfers Handbook: Save your golf game and your life”, and his new book “My Mind Body Golf” Adam is also a public speaker, doing workshops and lectures introducing concepts of athletic movement for golfers of all ages and levels of expertise. Highlights from this Episode Some of the biggest things that hold people back, from a mental perspective. Adam believes that a lot of it has to do with ‘self-image’, and how golfers view themselves in relation to their expectations. The importance of breathing when it comes to golf. Having a proper breathing practice can help golfers become more mindful, concentrate better, and remove distractions. We talk about a few tips that anyone can incorporate to help their breathing practice. How to deal with emotions when playing golf. A lot of it all comes down to mindfulness, and not letting the ups and downs of the game get to you. How Adam identifies limitations and flaws in a golfer’s game, and how he approaches fixing them. It often depends on the specific limitation, but Adam explains how seemingly tiny

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143: Kelly Starrett: Can your body handle your golf swing?

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Kelly Starrett. Kelly is someone I’ve been wanting to have on the show since day one. He is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker, and founder of Mobility WOD, which has revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance.

Kelly’s clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world record-holding Olympic Lifting and Power athletes, Crossfit Games medalists, ballet dancers, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes. He truly is one of the masters in his field.

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142: How to Get Results by Getting Ruthless with your Training. -Dean Somerset

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Dean Somerset.Dean is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer in Edmonton, Canada. He works with a wide range of clients, from Paralympic champions to surgical recovery patients, and everyone in between. He has lectured around the world to other trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors on topics devoted to improving mobility, strength, and function.

Dean takes the approach that training is easiest once you know where to start.  He is the creator of Ruthless Mobility and Co-creator of The Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint with well-known strength coach Tony Gentilcore.

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141: Take control of your game by taking control of your SELF. -Katherine Roberts

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Katherine Roberts. Katherine has been on the show before, on episode 58.

For over 15 years, Katherine has been a leader and an innovator in the world of golf fitness. Her unique and highly effective approach blends yoga, science, and proprietary golf-specific conditioning strategies into one powerful methodology – Yoga For Golfers (YFG). YFG harnesses and integrates the power of the body with the power of the mind to increase and enhance performance, enabling golfers at all levels to play better, play stronger, and play longer.

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140: Nutrition: You don’t have to like it. Just Do it. -Tony Soaib

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Tony Soaib. Tony is one of the smartest people I know, and one of the leading experts on sports nutrition. I personally have learnt most of what I know about strength, conditioning and nutrition from Tony and he remains to this day a constant source of inspiration and information.

Tony has the uncanny ability to be able to read something once and retain the information. He is also a great communicator, and straight shooter. You may not have heard Tony’s name around, only because he is one of the most modest, low-key people around, despite his impressive background and knowledge.

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139: Fitness Shouldn’t Be So Complicated!

Recently, I asked myself a few pretty important questions, like . . .

“What is the point of all of this golf fitness stuff?”

“Why does the 18STRONG Podcast even exist?”

“Why do you listen in every week?”

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