Chris Wood Pro Golfer - Fitness and Strength workout

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After suffering back problems golfer Chris Wood has been working with strength and conditioning coach Andy Wadsworth ( to regain his fitness. C...

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  • This is a topic that needs clarification..what is the totem pole of training?  With the internet, tv and all the lines are getting faint and need to be re-painted.  The basic macro picture looks like this; Fitness, Body Building, Functional Fitness, Strength & Conditioning and Performance Training. 

    Fitness is for the obese, elderly and non-athlete looking to just stand up, move and do light cardo.  You see the machines play a big role in their strength portion.  Body Building through Personal Training is the next common, done mostly with machines and free weights, this intent is mostly to aesthetically look good with little regard to functionality. Next, Functional Fitness is now the most common seen in the world of training.  Most often people do exercises they see others doing, just to do something new.  This is the world of home workout videos, Personal Trainers who are a little more innovative in their training.  They are combining, balance, core, strength and cardio into their routines for active people that want a workout.  The Strength & Conditioning Coaches are mostly at institutions and pro organizations.  As Matt says below they work with athletes and teams exclusively.  They build team synergy and have a huge responsibility of safely preparing a large number of athletes for high level competition.  They typically do more dynamic lifts for the prime movers, like Olympic Lifting and Kettle Bells.  They also develop speed, endurance, footwork, mental and physical toughness.  Performance Training is the next level and on the top of the totem pole.  They do everything from private training to performance training with individual and teams.  The private training is more 'Bridge Training', foundation oriented.  This is the step needed post Physical Therapy to build an athlete back to the field/court.  They have a medicinal awareness of stretching and strengthening.  They work with teams and individual athletes on everything a Strength Coach would work on and more.  The more factor would include, stretching, balance, joint stability, coordination, ambidexterity, eye speed, concentration and the intangibles that connect an athlete to a rhythm that is most commonly deemed as 'in the zone'.  Now many of these areas cross over but so i don't write a book, this is an easy generalization. 

    The S&C Coach Andy needs to focus more on posterior chain work, not sport specific training.  I did not see one pulling exercise and a majority were all ones that encourage internal rotation, ie. benching, push ups.  He is working with a young pro athlete that will benefit greatly from top to bottom stability, not just rotational stability, as focusing on just that is an out-dated method.  And yes Olympic support lifts done with proper progression would be excellent for this young pro golfer.  And the static hamstring stretch would be enhanced by using the AIS method. 

    What is your niche?

    Justin Frandson, APC

  • Seems we are blurring the lines alot these days between strength coaches and personal trainers....this guy is clearly a personal trainer, even has it on his sweatshirt...somehow in the last 5 years personal trainers have assumed the title "coach" who have never worked in any athletic capacity training large groups of real athletes on a day in and day out setting, being involved in many aspects of their life for 4-5 years of college, or high school, or a professional career (but even those jobs are different at pro level).


    Im sure this guy and plenty of other personal trainers know a great deal of stuff, but doing one on one in a studio is different than having 20-40 guys or gals on platforms and racks and getting after it...totally different ball game, different way of coaching, and things you can do one on one you cannot do with large groups. 


    Maybe I am too old school, but the internet and fitness magazines, and even the watering down of some of the S&C organizations, have lumped coaches and personal trainers together...guys with no experience as athletes or coaching can write some blogs, write articles for certain websites, make a DVD, and call themself coach..heck people are publishing books calling themselves coaches who have never coached at an athletic institution.  Kinda funny...


    This guy needs to hit the platform and squat rack and up his calories some before he can walk around calling himself a strength coach...

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