Austin is an exceptionally intelligent and talented young chiropractor that is making waves in the golf world. And he’s doing it from the Midwest, which is even more impressive. In this episode, Austin and I have the chance to talk about the important duties that he has as a chiro with very high level golfers as well as the everyday patient. His philosophy of “wellness care” extends much beyond just the typical stereotype of “popping and cracking” the spine. We also discuss the importance that this approach has for high level performance. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Austin’s Background Chiropractor withWinchester Spine and Sport, Moscow Mills (St. Louis, MO) Born and raised in St. Louis Played football at Michigan University Mentored by Dr. Brett Winchester Working with top level amateur and professional golfers Highlights Austin explains what can be expected in a chiropractic visit, specifically at their facility. Basically, they are able to add motion to joints to make a golfer feel better and move better. The medical model is changing and becoming a much more prevalent “team approach” in the best interest of the patient Chiropractic is not just limited to the back and neck, their approach is “wellness care” for the body Austin explains what “Functional Medicine” is and how it is really making a difference with their clients. How stress relates to both your health and your game. And how you can manage it. What does a chiropractor actually do with their golf pros at the course. “neurological warmups” We talk about warming up both for the golf game as well as your workouts How can simply visualizing increase the activation of your muscles prior to your round? Why are all of these current tour players hurting their backs? The “Big Brother/Little Brother” analogy of back pain The biggest impairment he sees are lack of thorax mobility lack of front leg hip rotation Austin’s Golf game: Virtually nonexistent these days since he is a recent dad. What does Austin Struggle with in his fitness program Staying on track and committed at times. Austin’s Definition
Nick Mueller is a master at correcting dysfunction and movement in golfers, then turning them into performance machines! In this episode, Nick helps us understand the principles behind creating quality movement before jumping into the more advanced pieces of a fitness program. Nick is a good friend of mine and I am honored to have him in the spotlight for the 10th episode of the podcast. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Nick’s Background Performance coach High performance Strength and Conditioing in foot ball University of British Columbia Friends with Jason Glass who helped him realize his passion for golf and golf fitness Director of the golf performance program at Innovative Fitness Works with Morgan Creek Golf Course Highlights from our Conversation Destination Fitness: taking people all over the world to accomplish adventurous goals such as hiking, running a marathon,climbing Machu Picchu. They develop a personalized fitness program around those goals, then complete the adventure with the client How he uses small victories to move each client toward their goal. Different personalities respond differently to your methodology In many cases you the client wants to push forward to quickly and Nick has to slow them down to make sure they are prepared properly before moving on to the next step, challenge. Nick explains the concept of “REGRESS TO PROGRESS” especially with their golfers How to decide on the right goals for a golfer and how to make it tangible when then are training and practicing. Identify what you feel is valuable to you, and design a goal around it. Sometimes you have to take an athlete and regress them and their movement patterns to help them progress forward Based on the client’s screen, it’s often noted that they are lacking in some area, which needs to be addressed to get the biggest potential out of their program an performance Nick explains a couple examples of how you can look at your own program and whether you need to “regress to progress” What are the things you should be looking at in your squat:”Butt Winking“: Here’s a good article to explain, along
Aside from the fact that Clint Howard works with the best golfers in Oklahoma from the junior ranks to the OSU golf team and PGA tour players, Clint is also know as the “Fat Loss” guy in Tulsa. One look at Clint tells you that he absolutely practices what he preaches in regards to health, fitness, and staying lean. Clint’s high intensity training for fat loss has proven to be extremely effective for his clients, and he shares with us some of his tips for crushing your fat loss goals as well as how he adjusts his programs to suite the needs of his golfers. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Clint’s Background Clint is the Owner and Founder of Tulsa Fitness Systems (TFS) with his wife Kara Known as the “Go To Trainer” when it comes to fat loss Also has Tulsa Golf Fitness Systems Grew up playing baseball, pitched in college Graduated with an exercise science degree and a Masters in Exercise Physiology From Oklahoma University Has always loved to work and has owned several businesses Trains all populations including several golfers and golf teams Has been certified through TPI since 2005 Highlights Clint tells the story of his very 1st golf fitness client which did not end the way he would have liked it to! We discuss the use of High Intensity Interval training and Metabolic Resistance training in order to stimulate fat loss. The focus of these workouts is to create a high caloric burn both during and after the workouts. Intensity in interval training is much better for fat loss than steady state cardio workouts Nutrition is the key to fat loss. Teach the basics, rather than get too complex with diet tips Eat more protein Eat less processed food Eat more veggies Eat a good breakfast Get rid of high calorie drinks 80/20% or 90/10% rule Clint gives tips for the business professional that is on the road a lot with a hectic schedule, business meetings and social functions Be a little more diligent when you are in town, hit the gym a few extra
Ali Gilbert is one of those people that has a contagious personality. She always seems to be living life and having a blast following her passion, which is health, fitness and #GolfersWhoLift. But don’t be fooled by her love of everything pink, 90’s hip hop, and crazy hairstyles, she is the real deal when it comes to strength training, golf fitness and everything performance. Join Ali and I as we discuss everything from the importance of golfers pushing some real weight in the gym, to our conversations about hydration, nutrition, and of all things, Beer and Bacon! (And how you are allowed to have both!) You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Ali’s Background Collegiate soccer player International speaker/presenter Springfield College in Massachusetts Works with golfers of all levels from amateur to professional Loves Snowboarding and strength training Highlights #GolfersWhoLift Working on a project for higher level golf fitness and training routines and fitness Beer: you can still have it! You just need to know some of the important tricks to proper nutrition and hydration There is no such thing as “golf muscles” The importance is addressing which joints and muscles experience wear and tear in the designated activity and what “energy systems” are used “Energy systems”- What type of activity are you doing, more explosive or more endurance (think sprinter vs. marathon runner) It’s not your cardiovascular endurance that is going to fail you on the course, it’s your muscular endurance. The best way to increase your muscular endurance is by utilizing weights in your routine. Hydration Dilute your Gatorade Use Celtic Sea Salt in your water Biosteel Ali even utilizes IV hydration with some of her clients and professional players Suggested Breakfast Eggs Bacon Oatmeal (as a slow digesting carb to sustain some energy) veggies The Trend of Golf Fitness Starting to see more of a team approach with the teaching professionals, medical, and fitness pros. Golfers need to realize that fitness is not going to fix everything about their golf game You need to make sure you have good information before blindly following. Last Piece of Advice: Don’t be afraid
Ellen Port is one of the greatest amateur golfers to ever play the game. Man or woman. In this episode, Ellen gives us her story and some secrets insights into her winning formula. Going from not playing golf until she was 25 y.o. to winning the biggest amateur events in the world shows how special this woman is. Ellen also explains how fitness has played such an important role in her continued success at the highest level. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Ellen’s Background Mother of 2 kids (17 and 15 year olds) Full-time teacher and golf coach for John Burroughs HS in St. Louis, MO Graduated from University of Missouri, Columbia Worked with Hank Haney Works currently with Brian Fogt from Bellerive Country Club NEVER had the thought of turning professional Career Highlights Didn’t start playing golf until age 25 Multiple Metro Women’s Amateur Titles 9 Time Missouri Women’s Amateur Champion 6 USGA Titles 4 -time US Mid Amateur Champion 2-time US Mid Amateur Champion 1994 Trans National Tournament Champion 1994 Played on the Curtis Cup Curtis Cup Captain for the United States 2014 What’s the Biggest disappointment you’ve had on the course? Lost a match to Carol Simple Thompson when she was trying to make the Curtis Cup team for the 1st time Always tries to be positive and focus on what you did well and what you can improve on. Golfers MUST evaluate their game honestly. Ellen’s Process on the Course Can’t focus on the winning, gotta focus on the process Doesn’t usually count her score when she is out on the course. The only thing you can control is the next spot Perfect Arousal State: Can’t be too amped up or too nonchalant Jason Selk: http://enhancedperformanceinc.com/ Ten Minutes to Toughness The greatest Achievement in your Career Every win is special She is most proud of her record for the longest span between USGA titles (10 years), the fact that she has been able to win over several decades of her life! Curtis Cup 2014 (St. Louis Country Club) How has Fitness Played a Role in Your Career?
Dr. Bhrett McCabe is the first mental game sports psychologist to join us on The 18STRONG Podcast. His experiences as a champion collegiate athlete give him a very unique look at the game of golf and the importance of creating the proper mental outlook when stepping on the course. Bhrett’s maintains a very humble approach when working with his athletes, who have achieved the highest of awards in their respective sports. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Bhrett’s Background Performance and Sports Psychologist Works with athletes of all types, including professional golfers Pitched for LSU in the 1990’s 2 NCAA National Championships Was on 3 Collegiate World Series Teams Bhrett entered the Sports Psychology world after overcoming an injury back in his pitching days Worked with a coach on visualizing and relaxing, which changed his mental approach and allowed him to have a great end to his career. He is no the sports psychologist at Alabama Began playing golf at a young age and played a lot during his collegiate baseball years. Highlights The 3 positions in sports that are most similar mentally are the golfer, baseball pitcher, and field goal kicker. You determine your own destiny in these positions It’s about knowing your feelings, creating a strategy, executing it, and then managing your results. What is it that you do as a Sports Psych? Bhrett clarifies that not all “mental coaches/sports psychologists” are actually certified psychologists recognized by their state boards. A true psychologist is someone that is certified, reports to an ethics board, and has demonstrated competency in a therapeutic area Bhrett explains to his players that he is there to help remove the distractions and internal dialogue that is hampering them, as well as help to prepare and identify ways to perform. Each athlete is an individual that deserves a unique plan. Tips for the NON-professional golfer Listen to your internal dialogue “I need to . . .” vs “I want to . . .” Understand that golf is game of mistakes. You are gonna make them. Don’t set your expectations too high. Bhrett explains the concept of “Playing the
By his laid back style and humble personality, you wouldn’t guess that this guy works with one of the greatest and most talked about players on the tour right now, Jordan Spieth. But Damon Goddard is one of the most respected fitness practitioners in the game. His work with golfers of all ages is recognized by the best coaches and players around. In this episode, Damon explains some of the most important steps you should take when getting into a fitness program for golf and gives us a few stories of experiences he’s had with Jordan and what a remarkably focused young man he is. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Damon’s Background Soccer player at Leigh University TPI Level 3 Advisory board member for Southern Methodist University Works with PGA, LPGA, junior golfers, collegiate golfers, recreational golfers, etc. Post rehab and performance expert AMPD Golf Fitness (Assess, Move, Perform) Sports Medicine, Sports Performance, Chiropractic (Treat and Train model) Blew out his knee at age 16 (ACL, MCL, meniscus tear) Was introduced to therapy and rehab, which led to his current career choice. Decided to get into the strengthening profession rather than physical therapy Saw a need to bridge the gap between being released from therapy after an injury to the point where an athlete can compete at the highest level Started his 1st personal training company at age 23 Started working with more athletes and eventually more golfers started showing up Saw a need for conditioning and injury prevention in golf Highlights Started working with Cameron McCormick (swing coach) 4 years ago. Cameron suggested to Damon that he see this new kid named Jordan Spieth who was going to be the next Tiger! Initially, Jordan was a tall skinny kid, so they decided they needed to get some weight on him in order to handle the speed and movements that he had in his swing. They worked slowly, with the end result in mind to develop him properly and get him prepared for the rigors of the tour, travel, and physical stresses on the body. His 1st year on tour
Dr. Mark Smith is one of the most educated and knowledgeable fitness professionals I have had the opportunity to meet and pick his brain. As you’ll hear in this episode, he has been a part of some very interesting and popular research topics, providing first hand evidence and information that will have a huge impact on how you train. Trust me, you may want to take some notes in this episode! You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Mark’s Background Attended Loughborough University of Technology in England Masters in Exercises and Sports Science at Colorado State University Doctorate in Physiology Expert on High Intensity Interval Training Works out of Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA Advisory Board member and Instructor for the Titleist Performance Institute Tennis and Rugby player growing up His Doctoral focus was on heart disease and arteriosclerosis Was involved in the research at beginning of the Paleo Diet movement with Dr. Loren Cordain Began working on High Intensity Interval Training research Started working with Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, joined the board for TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Highlights Mark works with many individuals that are not professional golfers Golfers are starting to train more like athletes, which has had a big impact on their distance What are some of the big nutrition mistakes that golfers are making? Not realizing that nutrition is important in their ability to play longer and with less injury Not switching to more of a Paleo style diet Not paying attention to blood sugar levels when competing Need a long term plan (lifestyle habits) vs just focusing on day to day nutrition or game day nutrition Not following the 80/20 rule Get off the GMO’s What is Paleo? Refers to what humans ate in “pre-agricultural times” Lean protein lots of veggies (potatoes and legumes are not veggies) Beans/legumes are out (acidic, possible inflammatory response) Grains are out Dairy is out Avoiding limiting grains, legumes, dairy, and processed food Can eat lean protein, veggies, fruits, nuts Dr. Mark’s website: docsmith.org Dr. Cordain’s website: thepaleodiet.com High Intensity Interval Training Dr. Mark’s research paper on Interval Training:
18SP: 003 David Donatucci| The Pros and Cons of Golf Fitness | Should You Train like a PGA Tour Player?
David is one of the most experienced trainers in the field of golf that you will come across. Not only is he one of the most genuine guys I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with, but he continues to work with some of the best in the game, winning championships left and right. In this episode, we talk about some of David’s philosophies on golf fitness and how the average golfer’s workout compare’s to what he has his pro players doing in the gym. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: David’s Background Appearances on the Golf channel, Morning Drive, Golf Central, Golf Academy Published in Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Weekly Director of Fitness and performance at PGA of America Designed the fitness facility at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance Currently the director and owner of the Florida Institute of Performance at PGA National Resort Current clients include: Stacy Lewis, Scott Langley, Brooks Koepka, Michelle Wei, Peter Uhlien, Paula Creamer, Web.com players, etc Worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, the NFL Combine, MLB players, etc. Highlights and Topics: Hughes Norton (golf agent) represented Greg Norman introduced David to the local teaching pros Started seeing Peter Uhlien at age 13 Golf is where baseball was 10 yrs ago. In regards to strength training. People are now starting to see how the body can improve the game, not just the equipment David is not a big fan of so many people being certified as “golf fitness experts,” especially since a lot of the players out there are on their own to find someone to help them. Believes that it makes it can make it more difficult for the golfer to find someone that is really qualified. You should find a trainer that knows what your specific needs are, so they aren’t just “training you like a football player” Evaluation and plan is the most important factor when looking at a workout program Best way to increase your speed of swinging a club is to swing a club People don’t work enough on the abs, glutes, scapular stability If these aren’t
Jason is one of the first guys that really made an impact on me as a golf fitness professional. From my first experience of his presentation style and personality at the TPI Leel 2 Fitness Professional course when I met him, I have been a huge fan. Not only is Jay extremely entertaining, but he constantly has his finger on the pulse of the newest and most effective strength and conditioning research for the golfer. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Jason’s Background Top golf strength and conditioning specialist. Owns/operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance Based in Vancouver BC Specializes in rotary athletes, biomechanics, physical assessments, and functional strength training Consultant for top players on the PGA, LPGA, Web.com, European Tour and professional snowboarders Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Canadian National Team Head of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Fitness Advisory Board Host of the Coach Glass Podcast Topics discussed/Highlights Loves to help people accomplish their dreams and be all they can be. Father, husband Played power sports growing up: hockey, lacrosse, soccer, football Started out working in the tennis world when training, then branched to golf TPI level 1 changed his life in regards to screening and learning more about golf performance Setting an intention and going after it is how Jason got to where he is with TPI Stand up Comedy “Fit doesn’t equal performance” Each golfer has different needs (story of the guy with horse power that needed meat on his bones vs the tempo guy that needed injury prevention) Figure out their needs and decide what course of action to take? Don’t screw yourself by letting the things you can control get out of hand Biggest mistakes: Golfer’s Biggest Mistakes When it Comes to Fintess not warming up effectively (takes 4 holes to get warmed up) Not staying hydrated and fueled (drinking on the course, toxic foods What Does Jason Struggle with in His Own Fitness Program Low back pain: Definitely notices it if he hasn’t been training and doing his corrective exercises. Beer: don’t feel guilty though What is Jason’s Golf game like these