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6 qualities to look for in a golf fitness trainer

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Finding the right trainer can be challenging, but they are called “personal” trainers for a reason. Trainers are there to guide you to your personal fitness goals safely and effectively, and to do so they also need to fit with your personality. Finding a competent golf fitness coach is an even tougher task due to the lack of availability.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of personal trainers in America will jump 24 percent by 2020. As the field grows, clients will need to do more research to find the right trainer to fulfill their needs.

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Below are my six best rules to follow when researching a golf fitness trainer. There are numerous trainers out there to choose from, but only a small percentage are the right ones for you. Keep these six qualities in mind when doing your research for your trainer. www.MYTPI.com is a great place to start when looking for a golf fitness trainer in your area.

Assessment

Any good trainer knows the old saying, ”If you do not asses, it is just a guess.” With that being said, upon your first visit your trainer should have you fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire or PAR-Q, discuss your long- and short-term goals and administer a complete physical assessment. The assessments is a very important tool in building a safe and effective plan of attack. TPI golf fitness trainers offer an in-depth, 16-point physical assessment that can identify the restrictions in the body that can adversely affect the golf swing. Without conducting an assessment the trainer has no idea where to start your program, and any exercise prescribed there forth is just a guess.

Patience

Patience is the key to a good client-trainer relationship. Trainers should understand that what works for one client may not work for another. Trainers should also be able to find a comfortable pace for their clients. Some clients may progress at a faster rate, while others may require more coaching and assistance. There is no cookie-cutter plan that fits everyone and a good trainer finds the right pace for the individual.

Communication

Your trainer should be able to explain things to you on the phone and teach you how to complete tasks without physically being present through every workout. A good trainer should also be able to give you “homework” so you can stay on the program between your scheduled sessions such as a pre-round routine to have you warmed up prior to a workout, range session or round of golf.

Professionalism

While it’s important to maintain a close relationship with a client, there also needs to be a level of professionalism. A trainer might carry your water or get you a towel if need be, but they should remain focused on the task at hand, your fitness goals. Cell phone calls and texting should remain at a minimum. If a personal call or text is totally necessary, then permission to do so should be asked. Lastly, the clothes your trainer wears should be simple and preferably a staff uniform. The attention should be on the client, not on what the trainer is wearing…. or not wearing to show off his or her physique.

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Trainers should be able to show you an appropriate fitness certification for their area of expertise. To become certified, personal trainers must pass an exam through accredited organizations such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and in our case TPI (Titleist performance Institute). Most exams cover exercise physiology, program design, nutrition and functional anatomy. Each certification will offer different areas of expertise, but they are usually up to date with the latest fitness trends and research. The trainer should also assure the client that they do not and will not teach golf; they are just there to fix the physical issues so the PGA professional can do their job more efficiently. Many trainers try to be a “jack of all trades,” but sadly most are masters of none.

Personality

Once you have established that you want a trainer, you can start looking for them. A good way to research a trainer is to reach out to a few via the internet and see who offers a complimentary fitness evaluation to help you get acquainted with the trainer. www.MYTPI.com offers a directory of its certified professionals, as well as their credentials. As a client, you want to feel comfortable and trust that your trainer has your best interests in mind. You should ask for references and testimonials, and most trainers will be flattered to show you the good work that they have done in the past. Call the references so you can get a feel for the type of commitment the trainer will have toward helping you achieve your goals.

For any additional questions or comments please feel free to contact me via email at james@coregolfperformance.com

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James has been a certified personal trainer for more than 30 years with his focus in the areas corrective exercise, post rehab work and golf fitness. For the past 10 years, he has specialized entirely in golf fitness and peak performance. Golf fitness is his love and passion, and his clients' success has been his greatest achievement. -Dir. of Golf Fitness Arcola Golf Club - Paramus, NJ -Dir. of Golf Fitness North Jersey Country Club - Wayne, NJ -Dir. of Golf Fitness Preakness Hills Country Club - Wayne, NJ -TPI Level 3 Golf Fitness Professional -TPI Level 2 Golf Coach -K-Vest 3-D Level 2 Technician -National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT -National Academy of Sports Medicine Golf Fitness Specialist -National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist

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  1. Robb Gibb, PGA

    Jan 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Ignore the comments above. Go spend time with James, he’s worth every penny.

  2. Other Paul

    Jan 4, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Half of TPIs tour players have back pain. Makes me want to stay away from them. I was assessed by them, i had back pain and the exercises didnt help.

  3. RoGar

    Dec 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Eat right and exercise, stay away from money hungry trainers!!!

  4. RoGar

    Dec 28, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    There is no such thing as “golf specific exercises”!!! I’ve played football and baseball in high school, and was fortunate to play baseball in college, D1… With running, jumping, and simple exercises none of them which included bosu, medicine, or yoga balls or elastic bands, let alone a trainer. Eating right and simple exercise goes a long way…Plus have been playing golf for 20 plus years to a +3 handicap…

  5. KoreanSlumLord

    Dec 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Jack Nicklaus would not have had the same success had they not had their TPI Certified trainer.

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