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Wow...since Ive stoppdd smoking Ive been in the gym doing mostly cardio and stretches, but also started lifting weights again...light stuff..but good lord Im sore! Took an effort the last two nights to even hit the ball at the range. Down 13 lbs or so the last few weeks counting everything that goes in me. Trying to get to 225 from 278. The first 20 is generally easy then blizzards from DQ go on sale.

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Wow...since Ive stoppdd smoking Ive been in the gym doing mostly cardio and stretches, but also started lifting weights again...light stuff..but good lord Im sore! Took an effort the last two nights to even hit the ball at the range. Down 13 lbs or so the last few weeks counting everything that goes in me. Trying to get to 225 from 278. The first 20 is generally easy then blizzards from DQ go on sale.

Congrats and best of luck! As someone recovering from shoulder surgery allow me to pass along some lifting advice from my physical therapist. Don't do military or overhead press. That exercise has no value to the golf swing and puts way too much stress on the rotator cuff and shoulder joint. Pull downs are fine as long as your expanding the chest and squeezing the shoulder blades together. She said any dumbbell raises or flys must be done with ultra light weights (like 5lb max) to protect the rotator cuff. It's a very small set of tendons and is damaged easily by using heavy weights.
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Funny you should mention this...I did overhead dumb bell presses the last couple of nights and felt that it wasnt a great idea so I decided to stop. I keep my weights fairly light anyways but the presses arent good even though my shoulders have historically been solid.

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Congrats on stopping smoking, and all good luck and thoughts in achieving your weight-loss goals.  WRT weightlifting, a few things to keep in mind.  First, if you are not comfortable or not familiar with "how" to lift (form, function, contralateral movement techniques, etc.) I would strongly consider getting a personal trainer for a period of time.  Lifting weight can be VERY beneficial for golf and for general health, however doing it wrong can cause injury and defeat what you are trying to do in the first place.

 

Golf uses core muscles for most swinging (driving thru chipping - putting is different, of course).  Core muscle groups include Lats, quads, glutes and core (stomach, back, etc.).  There are two equally important items when you work these muscles - both strength, and flexibility- understanding how to work these muscles and how to maintain flexibility while doing that is very important.

 

As you age (I am now speaking for myself, but for anyone over 50), the best way to help maintain muscle mass and bone density is to lift weights.  Understanding how to do that and how to do it without injury is very important.  You can search for personal trainers in your area, and see what they focus on- I would recommend core strength, flexibility and weight loss - and find someone who knows something about golf... they are out there and can help.  I have been working with a Personal trainer for several years and am seeing increase in distance, accuracy and feel better now than I did several years ago- I walk most rounds and carry my own bag...  For me, lifting has helped in a big way.

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Congrats on quitting and getting back in the gym. I myself 3 years ago weighed in at 235, I traveled a lot for work. I visited Austin and ended up catching a virus where I was unable to drink water or eat. To say the least I was in hospital for over 4 weeks and dipped as low as 130. The hardest thing I found was getting back in the gym and trying to build muscle. I now sit at 160 and in the best shape of my life. 

 

I found doing a lot of compound lifts in the gym, squat, deadlifts, bench press are the best for total body workout. Mix in secondary lifts (usually explosive movements), core work, and cardio. That will get you into fantastic golf shape and increase distance. 

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I do a mix and just found an app that aids me in my routine. Kind of cool actually. I will do 4 weeks on this rourine then mix it up and do another routine for four weeks. I stay sway from any heavy over head press stuff as Ive never been real flexible and dont want shoulder issues. I also stay away from lounges as I feel its counter productive on my knees since Ive always carried a few extra pounds even in my younger ball playing days. Thanks for the words of encouragement! Scale is showing some progress as is the tape measure and belt loop.

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I'm a huge gym junkie.Most exercises are great for overall physical and health benefits.The extreme powerlifting is great for those pursuing a more muscular physical change.Is powerlifting Great for golf? Depends.

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I'm a huge gym junkie.Most exercises are great for overall physical and health benefits.The extreme powerlifting is great for those pursuing a more muscular physical change.Is powerlifting Great for golf? Depends.

 

Not that I'm a heavy weight lifter however I did have to cut back on some of the bench presses and such.  It affected my rhythm and timing having too tight of an upper body.  If you ever read Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, he mentions several times that guys who are big and bulky will not do well in golf.  I still love my time at the gym however my pushing the limit days are over.  Probably a good thing because I would most likely break my ole arse.  :blink:

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Being an old time weightlifter and a physical therapy assistant, I can personally attest that overdoing presses overhead and bench pressing to access will more than likely give you shoulder issues someday. Avoid at all costs, behind the neck presses and pulldowns. I used to do heavy deadlifts, power cleans, bench pressing and squats when was younger (I am 60) and they helped me attain a good foundation of strength and power. I was immortal once and in your 20's you can get away with a lot but it may set you up for troubles later. So if embarking on a weight training routine, be wise and know that are ways to do it that will not make it a hindrance to your golf game or life. Don't make how much is on the bar important. Do less barbell work and focus more on circuit training, dumbbells, and band use.

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So I'm 30 and have been lifting now for a while. Still into the Olympic lifting and powerlifting but it doesn't matter if I don't hit my Lifts. Knock on wood I've had great coaches throughout my exercise life that I believe helped me stay healthy. When people tell me they hurt themselves lifting I immediately think there's a form Flaw that was never fixed. Over time it will ruin the body especially if heavier weight is involved. Most of the time it's something that can be easily fixed. If you want to really learn watch jeff cavalier on YouTube. Guy is very good and his workouts are killer.

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Taking the time to get more healthy and lose some weight will definitely help your golf game.  As others have stated take it slow.  It is much better to start out with weights a little too light than too heavy.  Your muscles, tendons and joints need to adapt to the new workload.  The last thing you want to do is start to work out and then get injured so you can't golf.  

 

It takes me about 6 weeks to go from no weight training to feeling like I am getting benefits without being too sore or tired.  After than it does not have a negative impact of my golf game.  My workouts really don't use heavy weights and with my body type I will never so muscular to interfere with golf.  

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Huge congratulations on your progress so far thats a fantastic achievement. The doms in time do fade but whenever you add in a new exercises or change your training variables they can come back but all part of the process. I would recommend if you are training for health and golf you seek a screening protocol from a TPI specialist in your area. Generally speaking most of the general population have the same body limitations but it is always god to know what exercises you should and shouldn't be doing based on your mechanical profile. Also its always good to know what exercises you can add into the mix to help address these issues which can have a huge impact on both your game and health. Keep up the good work though.

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So I'm 30 and have been lifting now for a while. Still into the Olympic lifting and powerlifting but it doesn't matter if I don't hit my Lifts. Knock on wood I've had great coaches throughout my exercise life that I believe helped me stay healthy. When people tell me they hurt themselves lifting I immediately think there's a form Flaw that was never fixed. Over time it will ruin the body especially if heavier weight is involved. Most of the time it's something that can be easily fixed. If you want to really learn watch jeff cavalier on YouTube. Guy is very good and his workouts are killer.

 

This + too much weight = poor form & injuries.

 

I'm 36 and still do power lifting. I don't do so much that I lose form. Usually the older crowd understands that, it's the younger crowd that thinks they need to bench press more than they should and develop poor form and injuries occur. I've got no problem going to a lighter weight and using proper form. I'm not in the gym to impress anyone...just improve my golf game. 

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A lot of time it is the younger crowd but it's because they never had anyone teach them the correct way. And unfortunately most of the time advice isn't wanted so I sit back and watch the show. But that's for another thread another time. Pulledabill just keep good form and complete range of motion. Don't worry about going up in weight it will come. Any questions I'd be more than happy to try and help.

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I'm still lifting as heavy and frequently as I can.Once my shoulder heals I'm positive my accuracy and distance will still be there.I usually carry a driver 215 in the air.But since I'm going heavier in the gym. I'm pretty positive this will jump up to 220 with no effort. And 220 carry is pretty good for the over 45 crowd

 

And correct form is where it is at. Lift as heavy as you want as long as form never gets hindered.Just lifting weights haphazardly will only cause injuries down the road

 

Nice guns for 50???

 

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Lifting?

 

I'll get to that eventually but I'm concentrating on bull riding right now.

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Wow...since Ive stoppdd smoking Ive been in the gym doing mostly cardio and stretches, but also started lifting weights again...light stuff..but good lord Im sore! Took an effort the last two nights to even hit the ball at the range. Down 13 lbs or so the last few weeks counting everything that goes in me. Trying to get to 225 from 278. The first 20 is generally easy then blizzards from DQ go on sale.

For just kicking the habit a big congratulations!!!!!!! I've never smoked but I watched my parents struggle with it for years. They never could totally stop and unfortunately their health suffered significantly. You are awesome for making it. As for the weight loss, keep on keeping on. The first step is the hardest. Don't let anyone ever tell you that changing behaviors is easy. You are making two tremendous changes and man you should be proud. It takes a lot of guts

 

 

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