Cardio vascular training is an extremely important part of the golf game yet is definitely the number one exercise training modality that I get the most “push back ” from when I design golf fitness programs for golfers.
Golfers have no shortage of reasons in explaining to me why they don’t need to do Cardio Training. Some tell me they don’t have time or explain to me that it is irrelevant to the game of golf.
The fact is that energy system development or cardio training is not crucial to golf, which is precisely the reason why it is so important. Golf is an incomplete game, especially when it comes to challenging your energy level, especially in the modern golf culture.
Adding cardiovascular exercise, will dramatically improve your health. It also will improve on-course performance. The margin for error is small in golf. I’m sure that you never want to take a bad shot in a fatigued state on the 17th hole, scratch your head, and say, “Why did I just do that?” Being cardiovascular fit can help you avoid hitting another bad shot, due to the lack of under conditioning.
There are many ways to get in a quick sprint cardio workout and without it being time consuming. Sprint Interval Training using a Treadmill is one of them. This complete and efficient workout out can be done in 14 min’s & 20 seconds:
Description: Set the treadmill to a 15 percent incline and straddle the running deck. Set the speed to a challenging speed but one that you can complete the exercise with. When ready, step on and sprint for 20 seconds. Rest for the prescribed amount of time and then repeat two more times.
Resistance: 15% incline - set speed to tolerance Instructions: Sprint for three 20-second intervals and rest for 10 seconds between intervals
Article by, Sidney Silver: TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775