Improving Golf Performance with Med Ball Training

Improving Golf Performance with Med Ball Training


The benefits of medicine ball training go far beyond the gym and can be added to anyone’s fitness routine, especially someone looking for improved golf performance.

Through various exercises, medicine balls can elicit a response of increased strength, stamina, and coordination similar to that of lifting weights; however, unlike weights they can also benefit the user with increased power rarely achieved from weights alone. When throwing a medicine ball, the corresponding muscles contract and accelerate through the finish until the ball is released. That is contrasted with typical weight training where the muscles decelerate at the end of the lift. The acceleration carries over to the golf swing where it doesn’t ultimately matter how much force you have in your swing; it matters how well you convert that force into speed.

Titleist Performance Institute founder, Greg Rose, created a formula that predicts anyone’s maximum potential club head speed. His formula is calculated with the results of three exercises, two of which are medicine ball throws! The basic idea is that while strength and mobility are essential, it is only when you add the power component that you increase your ability to swing faster.

Power is precisely defined as (force x distance)/time. As your strength increases, your force increases. As you apply that force over a longer distance and/or more quickly, your power increases. Medicine ball training is perhaps the most effective and safest way to train for that power.

Improving Golf Performance with Med Ball Training, a two-session workshop that will be offered on February 6 and 13 at 4:00pm, will include many exercises to do just that: increase your power and ability to hit the ball farther. We will cover the basics of how and why to use medicine balls, technique, and hands-on practice in a challenging and interesting environment giving you all you need to include medicine ball training in your routine. The cost of the workshop is $30, and we ask those who are interested to call the Fitness Center at 495-1937 or stop by the Fitness Center to register for this event.Steve-squat


Rock Steady Boxing Packs a Powerful Punch

Rock Steady Boxing Packs a Powerful Punch

For Those With Parkinson’s 


Various studies in the 1980s and 1990s supported the notion that rigorous exercise, emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm, could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living for those with Parkinson’s Disease. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense “forced” exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slowing disease progression.

Why Boxing?

Boxers condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, balance, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength to defend against and overcome opponents. At Rock Steady the opponent is Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s causes a loss in many of the same elements that boxers condition to improve. And published medical research has shown that forced, intense exercise can reduce, reverse and delay Parkinson’s symptoms. We also know that a diversity of symptoms needs to be addressed simultaneously.

In comparison with other sports, boxing is the most physically demanding styles of training, according to a study conducted by ESPN and by people who have done it! But in addition to being an intense, diverse form of training, boxing is also an incredible stress reliever, confidence booster and FUN!


Rock Steady Is Here!

We are now offering Rock Steady Boxing classes for club members on Tuesdays at 11:00am , Thursdays at 11:00am, and Saturdays at 1:00pm. For more information on the program including pricing and how to get started or to speak to one of our Rock Steady Boxing coaches, please call 495-1937 or stop by the Fitness Center.

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Why am I addicted to Junk Food


Losing weight and staying fit are usually in the top five for New Year’s resolutions.  Year after year, people make these resolutions and year after year, only about 8% of those who make resolutions actually are successful.  Some experts believe that this is because we don’t have a plan for achieving our goals and others believe that it because our goals are too lofty and we get frustrated.  This year, have a plan and hold yourself accountable, but be forgiving.  And, make lifestyle changes that will help you maintain the healthy weight that you are striving for.

Losing weight is a journey… a lifestyle change.  Don’t think of it as another diet that you will start over again on Monday.

Why am I addicted to junk food? 

auld-heatherContributed by Dr. Heather Auld

Integrative Medicine, Lee Health

It seems clever food manufacturers know just how to tantalize our taste buds.  For a long time sugar was considered the number one “addictive” food additive.  Along come fat and salt whose cravings may be just as bad, if not more habit-forming than sugar.

According to Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss, simply spotting French fries in a fast food commercial can send dopamine surging into our brains.  Dopamine is a natural chemical that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.

You can retrain your brain by cooking whole foods with a variety of spices.  Be creative.  At first the food may seem bland compared to what you are used to, but eventually (in roughly four to twelve weeks) the subtlety of flavors will reawake your taste buds.

Two programs that will help you with your healthy transformation:

Learn about the 10 Day Detox by Metagenics

January 23

11:15 a.m.

Lecture:  complimentary

Cost of 10 day detox: $320 payable to LeeHealth Integrative Medicine

The 10 Day Detox is not a colon cleanse.  It is a scientifically-based eating program that will enhance the body’s natural metabolic detoxification process whole providing fuel to your body for not only cleansing but other daily activities.  This is a great way to jump start your weight loss and Healthy Transformation.

Healthy Transformation

Kickoff Meeting, Wednesday, February 8

11:15 a.m.

Lecture:  complimentary

Cost of the Healthy Transformation: $1200 payable to Integrative Medicine, LeeHealth

Look and feel better with this medically-supervised program headed by Dr. Heather Auld and Naturopath, Teresa Spano from LeeHealth’s Integrative Medicine.  The Healthy Transformation program includes three convenient kits, each with a 30-day supply of targeted nutritional products, five BIA’s (body comp analysis), five interpretations, and a series of group classes.  The Healthy Transformation is a great way to follow up the jump start from the 10-day detox.