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Weight Training for Women's Golf: The Ultimate Guide [Paperback]

Kai Fusser

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Dec 1 2011 Ultimate Guide to Weight Training: Golf
Weight Training for Women's Golf is the most comprehensive and up-to-date women's golf-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by top female golfers worldwide, including Annika Sorenstam. This book features year-round golf-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results. No other women's golf book to date has been so well designed, so easy to use, and so committed to weight training. This book enables female golfers of all skill levels to add extra yardage to their drives and irons. By following this program you can develop the flexibility and strength required to eliminate fatigue and increase distance with every club in your bag. With stronger and more flexible muscles, you will not only hit the ball farther but you will have better control over all of your shots throughout the round. Most importantly, you will reduce your chances of injury and be able to play 18 holes at your highest level.

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5.0 out of 5 stars High praise from one fitness trainer to another. Dec 7 2011
By Patricia Mullaly - Published on Amazon.com
Weight Training for Women's Golf - As editor of golfgurls.com, I asked my golf fitness guru, Kathy Ekdahl to check out this book. Result: High praise from one fitness trainer to another. Highly recommended.

Golf fitness was just a mere twinkle in the eyes of fitness trainers until Tiger Woods came along. His work ethic and golf specific fitness training helped propel him to the top of the golf world, and helped to create the golf fitness industry as we know it today. Annika Sorenstam was equally responsible for promoting fitness for golf, so it is appropriate that Annika's trainer, Kai Fusser, wrote this detailed golf fitness guide, Weight Training for Women's Golf- The Ultimate Guide. Having just finished writing my own golf fitness ebook, this was a great opportunity for me to read what the experts working with professional golfers say about golf fitness.

Weight Training for Women's Golf is truly an exercise encyclopedia. Kai Fusser covers the basics of exercise science in a very general format so that the golfer first gains an understanding of the basic principles which they need to apply to their workouts. As a trainer, this information is too basic for me, and I wonder if it may be too basic for some readers as well? I guess it all depends on the readers exercise experience. However, Kai gives a lot of great information that is always good to review. This portion of the book takes 86 pages to discuss, so it does comprise almost half the books content.

The main area of interest for me, and I would assume the average golfer, is the exercises themselves. Here, Kai incorporates many of the latest techniques in strength and conditioning that I use with my clients. However, one area of controversy is in how he teaches proper abdominal work. Kai teaches the golfer to "draw in" the abs, also called hollowing. Many trainers feel this technique does not engage the entire core and thus, they will teach another technique called "bracing". This is getting picky- but it is an important distinction when it comes to back health. I also have some issues with the over emphasis on shoulder and arm training. While I understand that women need strengthening of the arms and shoulders, most women I see already OVER train these areas and neglect more important areas like the chest mid back, hips and legs. Readers need to realize that the arms and shoulders get significant work in exercises that work the chest and back as well.

Kai suggests a 4 or 5 day split routine throughout the off season, and this is something that has been proven to be less effective than whole body training or upper and lower body split training. Women need to train every body part 2-3x/week, as we lose muscle strength more rapidly than men. This is why splitting up the body through the week is not necessarily recommended anymore. But, aside from this and a few other exercises which I may not necessarily be fond of, Kai does a great job of skillfully explaining all the exercises, including power and strength exercises, myofascial release work, medicine ball exercises and swing fault exercises.

The scope of this book does not allow for individual programming, so the reader needs to be cautious when choosing the appropriate exercises for their fitness level. Many of the golfers I see have specific areas of weakness, and these areas need to be addressed first, getting them up to speed, before trying some of the more advanced exercises in this book. Without addressing the weaknesses, injuries could occur. But we risk that with any exercise instruction book. It would make sense for the readers to hire a professional trainer to review proper form and technique to compliment what they learn from this excellent book.

I highly recommend this book for any golfer who is serious about getting healthy and improving their golf game.

Kathy Ekdahl, CSCS, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, is the owner of Personal Best Personal Training in Hudson, Massachusetts. She is a former health club owner and has been teaching Yoga since 1997. Kathy is also a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and is the Staff Personal Trainer at The International Golf Club, Bolton, MA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gifts for Golfers and NonGolfers Part Three Jan. 4 2012
By S. A. Tabb - Published on Amazon.com
Finally (only in the order the books were presented to me) is an instructional product for women golfers... Weight Training for Women's Golf by Kai Fusser, M.S. Fusser worked with Annika Sorenstam as her personal trainer for over 10 years. It was during that period that her strength, fitness and achievements on the golf course skyrocketed. He has worked with many other world class athletes in sports other than golf also. His approach may be universally applied to all ages and abilities.

Fusser's book provides a very easy to follow regimen and explanation of what he wants you to achieve through his program. Women of all ages will benefit from this program even if they don't play golf. Weight training done the proper way with the proper understanding of form and execution will allow you to develop improved flexibility and strength. For me this means better endurance and hopefully, more length and control over my shots.

What I am writing about here is my perception of the book. Personally I have not been able to test his exercises and program to give you my own results. I had surgery shortly after receiving a copy of this book for review and am still rehabbing. Once I am released to do more aggressive training this book will be at my side.

The only disappointment I have with the book is that the majority of the photos depicting the exercises are taken of males. Given the number of females Kai has worked with and...the title of this book...I would think that showing women doing the exercises as described would be a more logical approach to this training program. Other than that I think the program presents a well balanced and segmented approach to achieving the results you want at the level your own level.

Once I give it a go I will be back to share my results.

Good way to start off the new year!!!

Thanks for visiting Ladies on the Tee at [...] I think you will enjoy reading all of these books or perhaps know someone who will. All books in this series of reviews have been provided to me at no cost. However, my reviews are based on my opinion without regard to the source of the books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Dec 30 2012
By D Kreighbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is helping everyone in the family. Very easy to understand, just stick with it. Would recommend it everyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Try it out! It will be worth it. Dec 5 2013
By Sandra Pessaro - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great strength training and fitness program. It helped me strike the ball more consistently. Each exercise reinforces correct sequencing. Try it out!

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