If you promised yourself that you would work on your fitness this year to improve your game, here are three ladies that can help you improve balance, flexibility and range of motion. I’ve organized the books from novice to the most advanced.
Tara Stiles is a former model and aspiring ballerina turned yoga superstar. Tara’s New York yoga studio, Strala, is all the rage and she’s been called “the coolest yoga instructor ever” by Vanity Fair. While her new book, Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, isn’t designed for golfers, it’s a great starting point with big pictures and her amazing body will inspire you to keep at it. The book is organized into sections for specific qualities (such as balance and flexibility) as well as ailments (insomnia, depression, hangovers). The best part? She says that all it takes is 15 minutes a day. The book is about $15 on Amazon.
Yoga for Golfers, written by Katherine Roberts, is the original yoga/golf fitness guide. It not only helps you assess your current flexibility and fitness, but has three programs depending on your abilities (par, birdie and eagle). The book is divided into areas of the body – arms, abs, back, etc. – as well as into routines and exercises for on the course with clubs and carts. Roberts is a 20-year veteran in the fitness industry and has developed a yoga instructor program around this program. The only downside to the book is that the pictures are small black-and-whites and mostly of old men exercising. Purchase at Amazon for about $12.
Body 4 Golf by Dawn Lipori is an in-depth body wellness guide for any sports enthusiast. She leads you through a battery of tests to see where you currently are and uses anatomical diagrams to show what’s happening internally. Although some of the exercises prescribed are yogic, others are ones you probably already do and the exercise charts in the back for helpful for tracking your progress. She’s also included great tips about how to keep your body aligned and working better (such as not carrying your luggage). Dawn, known as a “body mechanic,” has extensive experience in sports medicine and is the founder of the Lipori Manual Physical Therapy Center in Orlando. Her book is available on Amazon for $27.95.
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