It’s Thursday, so that means it’s LIVE Q&A call day for all of our 18STRONG App Members. We do a lot of fun things around here, but that is quickly becoming my favorite.
Don’t get me wrong, I love doing the podcast and talking to crazy-interesting people in the world of golf and fitness.
But, there’s something about talking directly with our Crew and being challenged to answer their questions on the spot…once again, us golfers thrive on competition.
So, this has nothing to do with our call today, but I flashed back on a conversation I had and wanted to share a quick story with you that happened at our very first PGA show a few years back.
Every year, the PGA Merchandise Show happens at the gigantic convention center in Orlando, FL – I had my GPS watch on last time and walked over 10 miles one day on the floor. It’s that big.
Now, across the street is the Hyatt. It’s also huge. And on the main floor of the Hyatt is a giant bar area.
And that bar is where a ton of people hang out after the show closes for the day.
It’s a great place to meet a lot of people, book podcast guests, and see guys and gals in their social element.
Again, during our first show, when we were just getting some traction with 18STRONG on a national level, I got to talking to a very popular figure in the world of golf fitness.
We started geeking out about training techniques that I won’t bore you with.
Then, he said something that has never sat right with me…
Ryan was standing right next to me, and I’ll never forget it, when this well-respected trainer told us, “Sometimes you have to give them (clients) what they want, not what they need.”
The point he was making was that to keep our clients happy, we need to make the workouts seem more “golf-ish”, regardless of their effectiveness.
In other words, exercises that mimic the golf swing.
And I remember thinking, “I get it from a business point of view, but that’s f-d up.”
Let’s put aside the moral and ethical concerns, and just focus on why that is awful advice for golfers.
Trying to mimic the exact movements and forces of a golf swing by using a band, dumbbell or other type of resistance is nearly impossible.
So, you are likely ingraining undesirable/incorrect movement patterns with unrealistic expectations.
The intent should be to simply teach the body to move more athletically with strength, force, speed, control, etc…
…which will carry over to improving your body’s ability to adapt to whatever sport-related task you want.
When you see that other kinda stuff, run for the exits.
Hope this helps you today.
Your #1 Fan,
PS – If you want useless moves in your workouts, I actually have a couple of trainers I can refer you to:)
If you really want to work out to get your body prepared to play your best, then I would definitely check out the 18STRONG Membership App.