KT Conditioning BLOG Review – Part 2

Following Part 1 of my review of BLOGs, please see Part 2 below. Keep a look out for my future BLOGs and please feel free to leave any requests or ideas for future BLOGs. 

Fitness Testing with KT Conditioning - Review of our fitness testing service

Research Overview – The ABCs of Physical Activity for Health - The importance of Physical activity for health

The Basics of Nutrition – Food Nutrients - Info on Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat

WheyHey!! A Protein Ice Cream - A tasty and nutritious snack

RAMP Up Your Warm Ups - Structuring your warm ups with the RAMP protocol

Resistance Training for Youths - A review of the benefits of resistance training for children

Are Crunches Bad for You? - A review of a much debated topic

Adding Variety to the Shoulder Press – Part 1 (Barbell) - 6 barbell exercises to add to your training

Adding Variety to the Shoulder Press – Part 1 (Dumbbells) - 6 dumbbell exercises to add to your training

What is Functional Training? 

Talent Identification and Development in Youth Sport - A review of a book that i’ve got a chapter in!

Nike Vapor Strobe – Example Drills - Some hand eye co-ordination drills with a high tech set of goggles



KT Conditioning BLOG Review – Part 1

KT Conditioning has been up and running for 3 months now and in that time I have aimed to provide an informative BLOG that educates a wide range of people from athletes, coaches and the general public. I hope you have all enjoyed reading the BLOG and have been able to use the information to improve your training, coaching and general health. 

Over 40 BLOGs have been posted over the last 3 months so I thought I’d provide an overview of the BLOGs I have written to date so if your new to the site you can read some of the earlier posts or have a re-read of some of your favourites. Below are links (with a brief description) of my first 20 BLOGs!

How to Improve Horizontal Stability - Info on the front plank

Research Overview – Whats the Best Bench Press Exercise to Use? - Barbell, Dumbbells or Smith machine?

Tracking Your Fitness Progress - How to monitor and present your or your athletes fitjness improvements

10 Nutrition Tips for 2012! - 10 easy to follow nutrition tips to improve your health and body composition

Soups and Smoothies - Using soups and smoothies to increase fruit and veg intake

An Example Healthy Shopping List - As it says

Train the Brain – Nike Vapor Stobes - Visual training with a pair of high tech glasses

Research Overview – Cold Water Immersion following Match Play - Ice baths – do they work?

Developing a Balanced Lower Body Training Program - What should you include when training your legs.

Get Strong by Lifting Heavy! - Examples of strength training

Online Training Programs - KT Conditioning Online Programs

Improving Lateral Core Stability - The side plank

How to make the Bench Press More Functional - Some variations to the bench press exercise

Research Overview – Strength & Conditioning for Golf - Can S&C improve golf performance?

Strength & Conditioning for Rugby League – An Interview with Rob Burrow - Rob Burrow’s thoughts on S&C in rugby league

Developing a Balanced Upper Body Training Program - How should you design your upper body training

Can Postactivation Potentiation Enhance your Performance? 

The Basics of Nutrition – Energy Balance - Information on calories

The Lunge an its Progressions – Part 1 and Part 2 - Some variations to the lunge

So there you go, 20 BLOGs covering a variety of topics from strength and conditioning to nutrition to research. Hope you enjoy reading them and please feel free to leave a comment. Always remember, KT Conditioning wants to improve your performance so don’t hesitate to Contact Us



Research Overview – Strength & Conditioning for Golf

Want to improve your golfing performance? Then strength and conditioning training for golf could actually help you. Recent research has provided evidence that S&C training can improve your performance.

Smith, C.J., Callister, R. & Lubans, D.R. (2011) A systematic review of strength and conditioning programmes designed to improve fitness characteristics in golfers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(9), 933–943.

Golf is an intermittent activity that combines walking, standing in the golf posture and striking a ball, with performance dependent on a successful and repeatable golf swing. In recent years, golfers (especially elite) have adopted a multidimensional approach to improving golf performance including strength and conditioning training. Physical characteristics such as power, strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination can all influence a golfers ability to generate force and co-ordinate movement. Physical conditioning is also important for the reduction of golf related injuries.

In the research study, the authors (Smith, Callister & Lubans, 2011) evaluated the effects of strength and conditioning programs on golf related fitness and performance by reviewing 13 research studies. These 13 studies had all implemented strength and conditioning training programs (of between 6-8 weeks) and assessed both fitness and golf performance before and after the training intervention. On reviewing the studies the authors found a number of golf performance improvements, which included:

  • Club Head Speed – 1.5 to 9.5% improvement
  • Strength and Explosive Strength – 19.9% improvement in med ball trunk rotation
  • Range of Motion – increased shoulder and hip rotation, trunk rotation and hamstring flexibility
  • Balance – 8 to 13% improvement
  • Total Driving Distance – 4.3 to 6.8% improvement

The programs used in these research studies were mainly generic strength and conditioning practices with the inclusion of some golf specific exercises (e.g. med ball plyometric exercises) on middle aged and recreational golfers. These findings suggest that generic strength and conditioning programs can enhance golf performance in recreational golfers but it was highlighted that more specific training programs will be required within higher skilled groups of golfers for the optimal transfer of training adaptations.

This study provided evidence that golf performance can be improved following generic and specific strength and conditioning programs. Future research needs to examine specific training protocols in elite golfers and longer term periodised training plans for the optimal performance improvements.

Whatever your level, why don’t you Contact KT Conditioning and see how we can help you improve your golf performance through an individualised, functional and periodised strength and conditioning program.