FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The symetra tour is the official road to the LPGA and it is coming to Fort Myers for the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial May 2nd - 4th. 144 of the top up-and-coming golfers will be competing for $100,000 in Fort Myers at Cypress Lake Country Club.
WINK News Fitness Expert Mike Drumm is here today with professional female golfer Taylor Collins to talk about how to fuel your workouts.
Drumm is always excited to talk about fitness, but says today is extra special sine he gets to talk about fitness, golf, and cancer research -- all of which things are close to his heart.
Drumm lost his older brother to testicular cancer 18 years ago, and the proceeds of the upcoming Patty Berg Memorial golf tournament are going directly to the American Cancer Society. It was shortly after that loss Drumm started playing golf.
Golf is a sport that requires flexibility, endurance, and strength, three components of every well rounded fitness routine.
Collins says there are a number of workouts, stretches and training exercises that can help strengthen the muscles needed to improve your swing and increase endurance. But before you exercise, you need to give your body the energy/fuel you need.
How does a female Pro Golfer Fuel her workouts? (and golf rounds)
• Power Foods - Taylor typically brings a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a banana, pistachios and a bottle of water with her. She finds that these foods keep her full without spiking her energy too high.
Collins grew up playing every sport imaginable. While golf holds the largest place in her heart, she still enjoys being active in many other ways as well. Even if she spends an entire day on the green, she still makes time to work out. Many of her workouts are centered around improving her golf game. The best part? You can do them all right in the comfort of your own home.
- Hip Crossovers - Having strong abdominals is crucial to being a successful golfer. Hip crossovers involve a rotational movement to help strengthen and stretch your abdominal muscles. It also helps stretch the muscles in the hips and lower back to keep your golf swing from being too stiff.
- Planks - With any sport, including golf, having a strong core is vital. There are numerous variations of planks and plank exercises that enable you to target different parts of your core. You can do static plank holds for strength, or do dynamic movements. Here are a few examples of plank exercises: Elbow planks, Plank jacks, Two-point planks, Side planks, Reverse planks, etc.
- Lateral Squats - One of the keys to having a good golf swing is having strong legs. Lateral squats stretch and strengthen the glutes, hip adductors, groin, hamstrings and quads. This exercise is great for allowing your golf swing to be both more fluid and powerful.
- Core Rotation with a Stability Ball - A stability ball can be a great tool for building strength, endurance and flexibility; all important qualities a golfer needs. This exercise targets a number of muscles including your glutes, obliques, triceps and hamstrings. Add a light dumbbell or weighted medicine ball to this exercise as you start to build strength.