bigwinisland.jpg  I will never walk another 18 holes of golf again in my lifetime.  I know on some courses walking isn’t even permitted, but for a below average golfer, walking should never be allowed on any course. 

I have a few friends that believe golf is a non-physical sport and requires little, if any, physical conditioning.  Little do they realize that the best golfers in the world engage in some sort of strength and/or conditioning, and the ones that don’t consistently train, rarely finish high on the leaderboards.  All physical activities require some sort of general physical preparedness, golf is physical, it is an activity, and you better be prepared.  Watching athletes on television has a tendency of making things look relatively easy while  novice athletes have a misconception in regards to the amount of hard-work and effort required to play on a professional level. 

Lets take into consideration that some of us are decent to bad players, in other words, we are lucky if we play bogey golf.  For a novice golfer let’s add in the fact that you have to swing the club with extreme effort at least 2 times per hole, and on par 5’s sometimes three heavy effort swings.  Now we’ll add in the fact that, if you’re not on the tour or a scratch golfer, you have to play out of trouble most of the time.  Golf courses measure the distances from the tee box to the green., in other words, they don’t zig-zag throughout the course on each individual hole like I do.  (I guess it’s a way of getting my moneys worth)  I actually considered doing the math on how I can turn a standard 5500 yard course into over 8000 yards.  Needless to say, I hit the ball hard, I hit long, and I don’t play very well, which means, I am all over the place.  

Whenever a sport or a game has a large prize pool or hefty salaries you’d best believe that most players stay in some sort of shape.  Could golfers be in better conditioning?  Probably!  However, the same goes for most athletes in every other sport. 




I had to post this because my mother just totally annoyed me by telling my daughter that stretch bands are good for women because they don’t give you manly muscles.  I want to make it clear right now, bands develop muscle and they are not isolated for women only.  Where did she hear that?  My mother is 60 years old and I know for a fact that I have exposed the “manly muscle” myth to her.  My point here is, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, please do not engage in conversations if you don’t have facts. 

bodybuilder.jpgMyth #5: Women should focus on performing aerobic activities because weight training will give them a “manly” appearance.

This myth just won’t go away, mainly because of bodybuilding magazines. People associate females who strength-train with the female bodybuilders pictured in bodybuilding magazines. Professional female bodybuilders usually resemble men because of the massive amount of anabolic, androgenic drugs they consume. However, these “females” shouldn’t be confused with drug-free women who incorporate resistance training into their fitness programs. The next time that this topic comes up, remember the following facts: 1) Much of the difference in muscle mass between males and females is attributed to hormones, specifically, Testosterone. On average, men produce ten times more Testosterone than females. Unless you’re a female who’s taking anabolic steroids or other male hormones, lifting weights will not make you look like a man! It’s actually harder for most females to build muscle compared to their male counterparts. 2) There’s also a difference in muscle mass distribution between men and women, especially in the upper body. If you do build a significant amount of muscle, you still won’t look masculine. So, it’s important to remember that male hormones and muscle mass distribution are the two main reasons that men usually carry more muscle than woman. Ladies, get in the weightroom!


J. Defranco           #5 of Top Ten Traininig Myths