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I figured that the only way to better myself is to get my butt up do some weight training. I know that my biggest weakness is the exact area where most of the energy used, and thats my core. Core training is the worst when getting back into any training program, but i am hoping it will get better as i go along! I started off today by doing some planks, side bridge, and doing some crunches on my total gym. I also worked on my back, lats and shoulders. I know that I am going to be sore tomorrow, but not too sore because I didn't go all out on my first day back. I decided that my focus is not trying to get the greatest body, but working on strength and fast twitch muscle fibers. If I stay true that, my game will improve dramatically. I played a round at Jefferson Barracks on Thursday and I ended at -3 under, which for me on that course is really good! I looked at my game and realized that my weakest point is approach and putting. So I decided to do 50-100 putts everyday in my backyard. Disc Golf can be such a hard and frustrating game, and thats why I love it. If I want to go far, its time to get serious!

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Comment by Brexstl on May 5, 2008 at 6:49pm
Now that the St. Louis Open is over, and I don't have another tournament for a while, I am going to hit the weights really hard. Im very frustrated of my level of play this past weekend! I was suppose to play advance because every time I play intermediate, I am in the top 3. I accidentally registered for intermediate, and asked them to change it. They said they did, but when I checked in I was in intermediate. I wasn't going to make a fuss about and it's a good thing because I placed in 48th out of 51. My mechanics were so off the whole time. I felt like I was just learning how to play. I am vowing to not let that happen again. I am pretty bummed about it, but I overall had a great time. My group for the final day was awesome the whole time. They were great guys and we really enjoyed ourselves. My family came out to see the final round at Sioux Passage and they were very impressed with the game. They had no idea that its as big as it is. A very funny moment happened on the final hole. There were people there that have a bunch of show horses. I guess they took them to the park for exercise, so throughout the tournament you would see people riding horses by the OB 's. I had the box, and when I was going to make my drive I saw a one of the riders coming in my view. I stopped to let them pass so I wouldn't be distracted, but he got the reins stuck in the horse's mouth. The horse did not like that at all and started to run frantically straight towards us on the tee pad. We all started to run as fast as we could because this big horse was charging at us. The horse ended up throwing the guy in a tree right next to the tee pad. It took about 20 minutes for them to clear from there. When they left we had a great laugh about it for quite some time. It was insane!
So that's all. Didn't play well, frustration, wind, cold, then sun, good laughs, great group, funny moments, running from frantic horses. Wow, you can't go wrong with Disc Golf!
Comment by mark ellis on May 4, 2008 at 9:15am
Keep at it. Cross training is for long term advantage. Most improvement is not straight line. You get worse before you get better. I'm in my second year of cross training and six months into lessons with my personal trainer. I don't worry about disc golf specific training (maybe one day) just overall athletic skills. At my age (52) one of my primary goals is injury prevention.

When I started (January 07) I was afraid to miss one day at the gym ( I might never come back). So one Saturday morning I had a local tournament but still got up before dawn to do the gym first. I played terrible. Now though, I regularly leave a gym session and head to the course. I may be a bit more tired but it is no big deal. Playing right after working out also helps (I think) diminishing the stiffness the next day.
Comment by Brexstl on May 4, 2008 at 7:08am
Hello Mark,
I am still training, but I think I went a little too hard before the St. Louis Open. I shot one of the worst first two round days that I have ever thrown in the last 2 years. Most of what I am doing I do on my own, so i am not 100 percent sure if I am doing things right for training in disc golf. Now if it was Baseball, my training would be really good. I probably should have started the training in late fall, early winter. I feel much stronger since i started going at it in early March. Today is my final two rounds of the St. Louis Open. I may need to get some coaching for a while. Thanks for the comment.
Comment by mark ellis on May 2, 2008 at 8:12pm
So Brexstl, are you still in training or have you given it up?

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