Reminder: Golf Academy & Performance Workshop Tomorrow May 19

Reminder: Golf Academy & Performance Workshop Tomorrow May 19

Prevail Conditioning is excited to announce a joint venture with PGA Professionals Richard Chavez and Dave Thornton and Santa Barbara Golf Club.

Beginning this May, we will initiate a program that will be the first of its kind for golfers in the Santa Barbara area.

Dave Thornton and Richard Chavez will bring decades of expertise in the areas of swing mechanics, golf strategy and sports psychology. The exciting addition to these One Day Seminars will be benefits of power production, postural correction, fine motor control, and joint mobility and stability. As these concepts are becoming more prevalent in the literature and golfing world, our goal is to add a component and perspective to our attendees that will be like none other.

Details for the Santa Barbara Golf Academy / All Day Golf School
1 Hour Seminar/Breakfast at Mulligans Restaurant
2 Hours Golf Instruction with PGA Pros Richard Chavez/Dave Thornton
1 Hour Corrective Exercise / Strength & Power Instruction with
Performance Coach Chris Ecklund
18 Holes Golf
Tuesdays starting in May 2009!

For further information or to Register, contact:
Dave Thornton at 805.687.7087 /
Richard Chavez at
Chris Ecklund at 925.285.0924 /


Tonight one of those events happened that forces a person to stop and reflect.

One of the friends from my youth passed away. Cancer. 33 years old.

It can be a pretty painful thing to reflect on, the loss of a friend. I think mostly of her family, her husband, her young boy. And yet for me there are also joys in the midst. I know that she is no longer in pain after years of battling. I know that I will see her on the other side. I know that she is with my Heavenly Father.

But as I mentioned, it does cause one to reflect…on the meaning of life, on the significance that is given (or should be given) to the activities we engage in each day, on what is of true value and worth.

It was quite something to watch Monica live her life from a distance the last couple years. She modeled to me that “to live is Christ,” a concept I struggle with.

Blessings and peace to you Monica.


I don’t have a tremendous amount to say here…

I have simply been shocked as of late at the lack of integrity that exists in our world, in our society, in my field. There have been some conversations I’ve had over the past couple years and even recently that have truly made my heart sink at the reality of this situation.

To have integrity is not easy. It is most certainly the road less traveled. But I have found that it holds tremendous weight.

I had the opportunity to attend the Westmont Kinesiology Department breakfast for faculty and graduating Seniors this morning. Listening to words shared by faculty, students, and parents of students was deeply impactful. In light of the conversations I mentioned, hearing words that exemplified integrity was absolutely refreshing. To know that there are still those who desire to uphold this ideal is an encouragement to me.

I’m injured…can’t workout

Wrong. Great time to workout.

One of the biggest reasons I see clients lose gains or stagnate in their programs is this type of thinking. While it’s certainly a frustrating situation and nobody enjoys it, turns out that it’s actually a great time to train. Here’s four ways you can optimally use this time:

1. Do the Pre-Hab or Rehab you’ve been putting off
Remember all those areas you know you’re supposed to be focusing on because your trainer/therapist/etc. told you you’re weak or need extra work in? Now is the time to do it since you always put it off in lieu of things you can’t do now anyway. Whether it be extra flexibility/mobility work in problematic areas, stability work, corrective imbalances, balance work, or even conditioning work if appropriate.

2. Maximize gains in areas that need more attention
Perhaps there is an area of strength or hypertrophy that is simply more difficult for you to make progress in. This is an optimal time to dedicate more time to it. A word of warning, though…don’t get overzealous and overtrain.

3. Cross Training (but not the kind you’re thinking of)
Detraining is process of losing physiological improvements that have been made (be it atrophy, decreased strength or VO2, etc.). It occurs when the body is no longer has enough overload (or stimulus) to continue improving. One of the ways to avoid having to start from ground zero after you have recovered from the injury is to simply minimize losses that take place during your healing period. Cross Training (the type I’m talking about) is a method of training one side of the body for short periods of time in order to maintain gains that have been made on the injured side. This is is a great way to maintain. Research studies show, for example, if you have sustained an ankle injury on your right leg and can not put enough load on that leg to squat heavy or perform power-related movements, you can work the left leg using single leg squats and jumps and gain a neurological benefit even on the untrained right leg.

4. Try new modes/methods of training
Again, this is another opportunity you have during this time. You may not often try other training methods, program, exercise variations or protocols, and for good reason. I’m not a fan of the currently popular “Variation for Variation’s sake” thinking. But, when you are restricted in what you can do it may be an optimal time to try things you normally don’t have time for, aren’t in your yearly program planning, etc. Use your time to experiment and find if there are other training methods that may be valuable for you that you have not yet explored.

Injury is a part of life. Everybody gets injured. I’m injured. One of my superstar clients is injured (perhaps that’s what prompted this article). Better to learn some strategies for working through these times and even coming out on the other end in better shape than before instead of having to start over…again.

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