Good story RR. Lot’s of illusions out there. Carry bags are somehow seen as a big effort and I constantly get people offering to chuck my bag on their cart as I insist on walking. There is no easier way to play golf than a carry bag.
I’m actually glad to hear you think this way Lag; I’m very much in agreement. It seems that just because Tiger Woods has a decent set of guns, golfers–including pro golfers–now think gym work is important.
I used to be the jogger–I’d have a heart-rate monitor on and interval train with the high intensity periods at my max heart rate. I remember, I just couldn’t get my heart-rate above 187. If I pushed harder, I started seeing spots and feeling dizzy. I just couldn’t get 188. I was getting great results however, easily keeping weight under control and progressively having to make the training harder and harder.
But was it healthy? No way, that’s an illusion. That was extreme training I was doing but still, our heart has the capability to beat faster to help up survive in fight-or-flight, live or die situations. But voluntarily induce this state regularly and you’re essentially making yourself the same as someone with chronic hypertension. Non-essential functions of the body temporarily suspend like digestion and reproduction to favor the necessary requirements for immediate survival. It’s bad enough that our level of daily stress causes the same, but now we’re voluntarily adding to it with training that let’s face it, is tough, unpleasant and only enjoyable after because it’s over and the results we’re expecting from it. I can’t say I ever enjoyed the process.
I also used to hit the gym hard. If I wasn’t sore the following days, I’d obviously hadn’t pushed hard enough and was disappointed. I’d take supplements to aid in recovering and mask the pain during the workouts. I was lookin’ good.
But was it healthy? No way! It’s muscle trauma, it’s chemicals. It’s strain on all of the body’s organs, not just the muscles. It’s ego.
Now I’m a big believer in that you must treat the body with finesse and I’m glad golf is my sport because it doesn’t require strength or speed, it just requires the body not to be stressed. The yips is stress, choking is stress, mental lapses are stress. I can not blame one shot I waste out there on fitness however.
The softer practices get it right; yoga, tai-chi, qigong,… These are the people that show longevity–the true mark of health–not sportspeople. Retired sportspeople are wrecks–they get body-part reconstructions, skin-cancers and put on a ton of weight from a new, more sedentary life that can’t support the calories they got use to eating.
Somehow growing up in sports trains you that pain = gain. Even when I did yoga I’d be dripping sweat like a leaky faucet and the master would constantly remind me to take it easy and I shouldn’t be sweating profusely. I’d be refusing to tap out in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while my neck was being cranked off its hinges and then have trouble even driving for the next two weeks.
I was married to a yoga/pilates teacher who made that her new career after realizing the damage being a professional dancer was doing to her. She couldn’t convince me about treating the body with finesse.
My brother had been stuck on a handicap of 2-3 for years. He was pretty fit and strong, trained well but never extreme, but couldn’t break through in golf because, as I believe, his body had too much physical and emotional stress from putting too much training into golf, leaving no stone unturned, but not getting the results he expected. It killed him earlier this year at 37. Official cause of death–unknown.
I’m convinced now. Low-intensity training is the go and that’s what we get from playing golf or doing ABS drills. Anything more allows you to eat poorly and apparently get away with it, but really you’re damaging yourself from poor eating, PLUS the stress from training.