Treadmills VS Ellipticals – Which one should I choose?

When it comes to cardiovascular health, the two machines that come first to our mind are Treadmills and Ellipticals. Both of them are phenomenal gymnastics workout machines which are aimed at reducing your weight and improving your cardiovascular health. They can also help you burn calories as well as enhance your aerobic ability. However, both of them have their own sets of pros and cons as well as individual purposes. Let’s compare them both on various fronts and see which one of them is better in what factors. This will help you choose a particular machine for workout or if you are looking to buy one of them, this can be a helpful guide. If you’re planning to buy an elliptical machine – you should refer to this list of best elliptical machines available in the market.

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Treadmills VS Ellipticals – Which is the best?

There are various factors we need to consider to be able to make a fair comparison. The benefits of the machines are great but there are a few things which each machine lacks. Comparing the major points for both of them will help us in concluding which is the better option among the both.

Variations of Workouts

When it comes to variety of workouts available in both the machine, the treadmill seems to be a better option. There are various types of adjustments which you can make in a treadmill to tweak your workout. You can make the treadmill incline, change the speed and do many other things to make the workout more intense. The number of options available for the elliptical is a bit less. Thus, if you are looking for variety, the treadmill is great for you. You can alternatively go for a treadmill, and for that you need to choose your treadmill wisely.

Calorie Burn

Most of the people use these machines to burn calories and they are right about the high calorie burn rate provided by both the machines. A popular research claims that if you run or jog on a treadmill for an hour, you can burn around 800 calories. For the same time span, if you workout on an elliptical you can burn around 770 calories. Both the machines provide almost the same calorie burn rate and thus can be used effectively to reduce weight.

Difficulty Level

Although difficulty can be at times associated with the impact it has on our body. Sometimes, machines can be difficult without providing us with the essential benefits they are meant to. Running or jogging on treadmills can be difficult for many people as it requires a great amount of stamina. On the other hand, the difficulty level of the elliptical is considerably less when compared to a treadmill. Since an elliptical machine is less difficult, many people prefer it to burn calories over running on a treadmill.

Weight Bearing Effect

Running is a natural activity and it uses our body weight to let us exercise effectively. This weight bearing effect can be beneficial to our body in a lot of ways. It can help strengthen our muscles as well as bones. Also, it will enhance your posture as well as improve stability since you are carrying out a natural activity as part of your exercise. All this benefits can’t be achieved through an elliptical machine as they have very less weight bearing effect. It can also be an advantage from the perspective of causing less injury.

Safety

No matter which exercise you do, safety should be your top most priority. We exercise for the betterment of our health and if we injure ourselves in the process, there is no point in it. A treadmill can be dangerous for amateurs as they may find it daunting the first time. Even high intensity workouts can lead to unfortunate mishaps on the treadmill. Although the safety factor for an elliptical trainer is better people can experience issues with it too if they don’t carry out the exercises properly.

The Last Words

As we have seen, both the machines are equally great and each one of them is leading in a certain factor. The best way to choose from either of them would be to make your priority clear and then consider which one suits your needs in the best way. If we compare the overall factors for both the machines, the treadmill wins by a slight margin. However, you can make your own choice based on the parameters that matter to you.…

Over 95% of All “Swing Flaws” are Traceable to Your Alignment

How many times have you hit the career shot only to see it fly in a direction you never anticipated? Chances are you probably blamed the errant shot on something in your swing. However, did you ever think of accepting the fact that your swing was probably great, it was your alignment that was poor?

Alignment is arguably one of the most important parts of your basic golf set-up. Over 95% of all “swing flaws” are traceable to a set-up position. Improperly aiming to your target can cause a good majority of those flaws. Simply stated, alignment is your ability to properly place your body in a position to allow the proper movement of the club through the ball. Without proper alignment, your body receives mixed signals from your brain, in relation to your body position and your intended target.

Modern day science has developed the global positioning system, or G.P.S. This system, based on the geometric principles of triangulation, calculates your position on earth no matter where you might be. Your brain “triangulates” your position on the golf course every time you attempt a golf shot, no matter where you are on the golf course. The three points the brain references are:

  1. You, in relation to the ball and your target;
  2. The ball, in relation to your body and the target;
  3. The target, in relation to the ball and your body.

Your eyesight and your ability to use your eyesight to see and calculate this triangle can greatly affect your body’s ability to swing the club to your target. Your brain receives this calculation, or envisioned image, as a photo. Your brain consistently uses this photo to determine how your body should move, or better yet, react to where you how you have placed your body in an “aim” position. You have already told your brain, “Hit the ball to the target.” If your brain calculates you are aimed 45 degrees right of your target, the brain will tell the body to compensate for where you have aimed your body. Unless you have super powers, it is difficult, at best, to hit a shot to a target consistently with out aiming properly.

Enough with the why, now for the how.

How do you aim properly? Let’s start with your eyes. You should stand behind your ball in a direct line to your target, allowing plenty of space between you and the ball to actually envision an imaginary line from the target through your ball to you. This line, or “target line” is longest side of the triangle. Most people stand too close to the ball or astride the ball, prohibiting them from properly seeing how they have aimed to their intended target. As you see this line, you should look for a target much closer to the ball, probably within 2-4 feet of the ball that is on your target line. It is much easier to aim to something much closer to you, then to something 100 or more yards away from you. As well, this shorter target is easier to continually reference as you address the golf ball. Now that you have found your short target, place the leading edge of the golf club in a position to be perpendicular to the target line. So many golfers improperly use the top of the club rather than the bottom of the club as an aim guide. Once the club is perpendicular, you can now place your feet into the shot. This should place your feet on a “body line” that is parallel to your target line. If you are right-handed, you will feel as if your shoulders are actually aimed left of your target or “parallel left” (parallel right for the left-handed golfer). This is a proper photo for your brain to see prior to swing the golf club.  If you have never experienced this picture before, you are sure to have aimed incorrectly.

It will take a while for your brain to see things differently. However, just changing your alignment to a proper position can make drastic improvements to your ball flight, as well as your club path, club head at impact, and posture.…

Your Grip is the Most Important Component of Your Golf Game

The most important component of a solid golf game is the only connection you have with the golf club, your grip. There are no two grips that are alike, because are hands are all made slightly different. However, there are certain characteristics of a good golf grip that every golfer should aspire to obtain.

The grip should be as neutral as possible. This means you place your hands upon the club in a manner that allows for a biomechanical neutral position.

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As you hold your hands at your side when standing tall, you will notice that your hands hang at an angle in relation to your body. Normally, the hands are not perpendicular or parallel with your body but are at a slight angle placing the thumbs closer to the body than your pinky fingers. Called a “neutral hand position,” this angle is important when you grip the golf club; it offers maximum potential to return the clubhead to square at impact with the ball. As you bend forward from the hips to take your golf posture, your hands do retain this angle. If you can duplicate this angle when you place your hands on the club, you have a greater chance to be a substantially more consistent golfer.

To help place your hands in a neutral position on the club, you should place emphasis on the placement of the club in your fingers, not your palm. The true strength of your hand is in the fingers and thumb. The palm draws its strength from the wrist and forearm, which do not have the dexterity to hold things in place; rather, they push things out of place. A great example of this is if you hold a pencil with your fingers, it stays in place. Where as holding a pencil in your palm, the pencil has the ability to move within the hand because it is not securely fixed.

Typically, the top hand (left hand for the right-hander, right hand for the left-hander) is the first hand to grip the club. To insure it is in a neutral position, you should look for key visual clues that are easy to see. The first clue is your ability to see the first knuckle of the index finger and partially seeing the first knuckle of the middle finger when you grip the club. This will help you see if you have over rotated your hand on the club to the strong side (rotated away from your target) or to the weak side (rotated toward the target).. Another clue is the angular “V” that is formed by your thumb and forefinger. The point of this angle should be pointing to the rear shoulder area, not your chin or front shoulder. Once on the club the last clue is the top thumb fitting comfortably in the lifeline crease of your bottom hand.

Your bottom hand also holds the club in the fingers. The “V” formed by the thumb and forefinger should point directly to the back shoulder. Most amateur golfers over rotate this angle to the rear of their stance, pointing the angle away from their target and their body. The thumb rests on the club comfortably, not pressing down on the club.

As for the three main varieties of grips, the ten-finger, interlock, or overlap (Vardon) grip, you will probably be best served by using the one offering the most comfort and control of the club, without holding the club too tightly. Golfers who lack the finger strength to hold the club securely will probably find the ten-finger grip more advantageous. Golfers with long, slender fingers typically find the overlap grip most comfortable. Golfers with short stubby fingers find the interlock grip the choice for their hands.

With each variety option, you should use the toothpaste test determine if you are holding the club too tight or too loose. Imagine yourself holding a tube of toothpaste with both hands. The tube has lost its cap. Someone tells you that it is your challenge to hold the tube securely for an undetermined length of time, without squeezing any of the paste out of the tube. Using this metaphor will help you find the right pressure for your grip.

The grip is the one fundamental of your golf swing that is arguably the quintessential set-up position to insure a sound swing. There are teaching professionals who have made a great living instructing their students on this one concept alone. Without a good grip that repeats with each swing, your club is not a club; you actually use a weapon against yourself.…

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Our golf instruction is tailored to your game and skill level. Why waste time with generic lecture-type instruction geared for teaching several people at once? For beginners or newer golfers, one-to-one golf schools offer you the ability to learn the game faster and in a more controlled environment. For experienced golfers, one-to-one golf schools let you learn without the distractions of learning with less experienced golfers.

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Playing lesson with your professional. Many golf schools talk about on course instruction, but most simply send a pro out to follow several groups while they play. With our one-to-one golf schools, you and your professional play together in a 9 hole playing lesson, a format we think you will find both educational and fun!

We think that when you compare our programs, locations, instructors and rates, you will agree that Advantage Golf School offers the best value available in quality golf instruction.

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Choosing the Correct Swing Aid Requires Just a Little Common Sense

Today’s golf instruction encompasses many different theories, philosophies, and models. The bottom line to all of the types of instruction you receive is being able to feel the difference between how you currently perform your swing and how you want to perform your swing. Many people practice with, and many instructors teach with swing aids. A valuable asset in your improvement process, swing aids should provide your body with the feelings necessary to eliminate a swing flaw and engrain an improved swing.

There is a plethora of swing aids on the market, with many more soon to hit the market as our sport evolves. Some of these tools actually do provide benefits for long lasting improvement. Yet, some of these contraptions are better off staying in their shrink-wrap packaging. With all the choices available, how are you to know which swing aid is good for you and the improvement you are trying to make?

You first have to determine what part of your swing you are trying to improve. Not all swing aids will help you with every part of your swing. Some aids will only help you with a specific portion of your swing. Consulting your golf instructor is the first step in determining a swing aid that is correct for your improvement process.

Once you and your instructor have determined which swing aid might be correct for you, it is now time for the aid to pass a few simple tests.

One test is whether the aid is easy to use physically, as well as being easy to comprehend why you are using it. If you have to place your body in a contortion to use it, or it takes reading a 30 page manual before using it, you might not have the energies or motivation to practice with that aid, no matter what the benefit. Ease of use, as well as ease of understanding how to use it is an important criterion in determining a good swing aid.

Another test is if the aid is easy to carry and store. If the aid can easily fit in your golf bag, it probably is a good swing aid. The bigger the aid, the more room required to store, set-up, and use the aid. Obviously, there are great swing aids that are large in size of heavy in weight, designed to remain on the practice facility. You normally are not going to purchase such an aid; rather, it is available for you to use while practicing or during a lesson. A good swing aid that you can carry with ease allows flexibility for not only location of use, but also when you use it.

A very important test that most golfers do not think about, along with some instructors, is whether the swing aid provides immediate kinesthetic feedback. In other words, the aid should tell you through an immediate feeling, whether you are performing a swing correction properly. Swing aids should work similarly to a young child insisting on touching a hot stove. When they finally get their way and touch the stove, the heat of the burner gives an immediate feedback through a kinesthetic reaction. Most likely, the child will learn that the stove is hot and will not touch it again. Swing aids that are the most effective work in a similar manner. Unfortunately, golfers need to touch the hot stove many times for the body to begin to understand its actions and the reaction it can cause. Repetitive motion using immediate feedback response has proven to be a very effective way for a human of any age to learn a particular skill.

Swing aids can be pricy. However, most swing aids on the market today began their product lives as everyday household items reconstructed into useful gadgets and tools of improvement. Henry Cotton had his students hit solid rubber tires at the turn of the twentieth century to improve their impact positions. We now use a vinyl bag filled with towels and rags to enhance an impact position. The Swingyde found its origins as a coat hanger. If you can not afford a swing aid, chances are you can engineer a very workable alternative with things lying around your house.

In choosing an instructor, look for an instructor who invests their time, money, and professional reasoning in the use of swing aids. An instructor can only do so much in showing you and telling you to do something. The bottom line is you have to feel what your instructor is telling you. Insure that an instructor is using swing aids that help you “feel” differences between what you are taught to achieve and how you are currently swinging the golf club.

The easy way for you to remember whether a swing aid is good for you is to keep in mind that an aid does not have to look space age in design or be expensive in cost. They just have to provide you with a difference in feeling to be effective.…

Using the Internet to Supplement Your Improvement Program is Well Worth Your Computer Time

The internet is fast becoming a creative tool to help golfers improve.  There are numerous websites, software providers, and individuals who have placed their mark on technology, offering numerous choices for you to track your stats, continue your lesson plans, or just getting answers to your questions.  When it comes to improving your golf game, the internet can be an inexpensive and affective ally in your quest to improve.

Words of caution before you start downloading “free” software or paying for services on the internet.  Beware of the product or person that wants more personal information than actual data of your game.  This is a sure sign you will be getting a lot of “spam” versus instruction, as well as being a potential portal for identity theft.  Insure that you have thoroughly investigated the program and provider to prevent any nightmares you could encounter.

Internet based improvement is designed to focus on follow-up, continuing the learning curve, and offering alternative communication means for a pupil and instructor who have distance between them.  Sending videos of drills, set-up instructions, swing thoughts, sharing of statistical reporting and data, and other improvement-based ideals is the optimal way of using the internet to continue your golf improvement plan.  You can also use the internet to simulcast a practice session or set-up a follow-up lesson.

To be effective and affordable, be willing to pay a little more to an individual instructor, academy, or school that includes the price of this type communication and follow-up within its prices structure.  Chances are the people you are dealing with invested their time and financial resources to not only make this type of instruction easy for you, but easy for their various users as well.  If the cost of such follow-up is extra, or a yearly subscription fee is necessary, be inquisitive as to extras you should expect for the extra funds.  Extra fees with this type of instruction can be compared to the car insurance you continually decline at the rental counter.  Unless you feel it absolutely necessary to pay the extra fee, don’t.

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Statistic programs range from simple spreadsheet supported offerings to sophisticated and expensive choices.  At the minimum, these programs should be easy to set-up and use, as well as provide a minimal of trending information about your game.  Knowing your trends over several rounds is valuable information for you to understand your game and great information to offer your instructor.  With this information, your instructor can create an improvement plan that focuses on your true weaknesses, not your perceived shortcomings.  The more bells and whistles within the software, the more costly the software.  There are companies that offer statistical tracking as part of an overall subscription to their site or services.  It will be up to you to decide if the extra products and services offered within these subscriptions are added benefits to you, or just unused frills.

A great way to get your questions answered as well as keep up with the latest industry trends is by joining an internet community.  “Chat Rooms” are great places to interact with other golfers around the world on various subjects such as equipment, instruction, professional tours, golf travel, and course reviews.  Most are cost free and have authorities on different issues moderating and administering the content.  You will be surprised with the information you will find within these site.  Golfers are fanatical about many subjects, including issues internet instruction methods.  Chances are if you are thinking about it, so are hundreds of others.  The biggest red flag to these sites are the golfers who claim to be experts.  They probably have enough information about certain issues to be dangerous.  As with any free advice, askers beware.