Phil Mickelson Workout Routine

Phil Mickelson Wins British Open – Is it His Workout Regimen?

I’ve been a Phil Mickelson fan since college because my roommate was a HUGE Phil fan and he got me on board. This was during the time Tiger Woods hit the scene and started cleaning up. My roommate wasn’t too pleased because while Phil still did well, the spotlight and lion’s share of tournament wins went to Tiger.

Tiger’s inclusion of working out as part of his overall training is well known. Tiger is lean, flexible and powerful. Match that to his skill and the results are … well we know the results.

Once Tiger hit the scene, many other pros were forced to step up fitness-wise or opt for quitting the tour and cutting ribbons for new golf courses. Phil Mickelson faced this issue and he stepped up big time.

While Phil doesn’t have the most athletic build on the planet, it’s undeniable that his working out over the last several years has helped his game and garnered him big victories. Most recently the Masters in 2010, the Open Championship and now the British Open in 2013 (awesome).

His recent big wins are more notable given his diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis which I learned about from his commercial in which he endorses Enbrel, a drug to treat his condition.

What are Phil’s workouts?

His work outs are designed by a personal trainer to improve his golf swing and endurance (it’s not easy walking that much week-in and week-out … often in brutal heat).

Phil’s workouts focus on improving his twisting motion which includes improving flexibility and strengthening his core.

In addition to specific exercises designed to improve his golf swing, he does aerobic activity daily.

What about weight training?

According to his trainer, Phil doesn’t do weight training because it’s too isolating. Instead, he performs strength/endurance exercises that work multiple muscles at the same time such as medicine balls, physio balls, resistance bands.

What about specific workout regimen?

Phil isn’t going to spill the beans about what he does day-in-and-day-out as his fitness regimen. I mean this guy is a golfing phenom and still killing it at age 43.

The gist of his workout regimen is as follows:

  • Strengthen core (pretty much a must-do for any athlete).
  • Improve rotation speed and injury prevention: makes sense for a golfer.
  • Multi-muscle endurance/resistance training using medicine balls and resistance bands. While I’m not really into resistance bands, I can understand why they’re perfect for golfers because of the wide range of exercises you can do with them and the constant tension they provide.
  • Cardio: It might seem easy to walk a golf course, but it gets taxing day-in-and-day-out, especially when it’s hot.

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