Golfers: Stay in Shape During the Offseason

Many of us are guilty of offseason laziness – it happens. Families, work, holidays, etc. all take up the empty offseason timeslots that were once filled with golf. If this sounds like you, then you know exactly what it’s like to get home and feel tightness and soreness after that first round of the year in the spring. Then, you wake up the next morning in sheer agony, wishing you had done a little more stretching in that off season.

Luckily, this can all be avoided. In fact, you can show up at next season’s first tee time in midseason form. All you have to do is spend some of your aforementioned newfound free time taking measures to prevent the inevitable early season setbacks.
As one of the best public golf courses near Philadelphia, we know what the best golfers’ offseason habits are for staying in shape. Take a look at some our exercise tips below for ways you can keep yourself in great condition during the offseason.

As one of the best public golf courses near Philadelphia, we know what the best golfers’ offseason habits are for staying in shape. Take a look at some our exercise tips below for ways you can keep yourself in great condition during the offseason.

• Planks keep your core in tip-top shape. Use your forearms and toes elevate your body about 6 inches off the ground. This is easy for about ten seconds. Then, it gets intense. Hold it for as long as you can, and gradually increase how much time you spend in the elevated position.
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• Twists are another great way to keep that midsection in peak performance mode. Our comrades in the east have a way of doing this that shreds and conditions unlike most other exercises. To perform a Russian twist, sit on the ground and elevate your feet in a v-shape. Then, with a medicine ball in your hands, twist to the left, then to the right. Repeat this 3 times in sets of 12-15 reps. Take about a minute between sets.
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• Lunges not only keep your legs in golf shape, but they also increase power. To perform these, hold one dumbbell in each hand. Then, lunge forward with one leg. Go back to the starting position and then repeat. That’s one rep. Do 12-15 reps for 3 sets, taking about a minute and a half between sets.
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• Hip abductor exercises are one of the best things you can do for your golf game. Why? Because it’s all in the hips. Lay sideways on the ground with your head resting on your hand. Then, lift your leg slowly and bring it back down. Do this to failure. Then, roll over and do it again on the other side. If you’re feeling brave, roll back over and repeat. Otherwise, one set to failure should be enough.
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• Cardio is key for staying in shape. You can run, walk, hit the elliptical machine or the Stairmaster. Regardless, try to get in 15-30 minutes when you work out. Theories vary about whether or not you should do this before or after you weight train. But the bottom line is that it doesn’t matter when you do it as long as you just do it.
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Follow these tips to keep yourself ready to hit the course anytime. And don’t be surprised if your game is the best it’s ever been, either.

Check us out if you need somewhere to host your golf outings in the Philadelphia area this spring while you’re at it!