Be better: Training tips from Sanford POWER and Kim Kaufman

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Pro golfer Kim Kaufman and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer insights and training tips over a variety of topics to enhance your athletic performance:

How do you keep your mind and your body right when on the road?

KIM KAUFMAN

“A couple of really vital things help my mind and body when traveling so much. First, always stay very hydrated. I use electrolyte tabs in my water on the course and when I fly. Second, being disciplined and getting on a good sleep schedule as soon as possible upon arrival. Finally, continuing to get to the gym is one of the best ways to keep my routine the same no matter where I am – and to help kick the jet lag.”

SANFORD POWER

Different athletes will require different training modalities to perform an optimal level. It’s best to experiment and find what works best for each individual. Athletes who are constantly traveling might find it useful to carry a travel bag containing a foam roller, roller stick, lacrosse ball or band for recovery or prep work. By taking this valuable equipment with you, an athlete avoids the need to find a training center or gym to perform various modalities that can help you recover from the rigors of travel. A proper preseason strength training program provides enough stimulus for sporadic in-season lifting to be beneficial due to the residual effects obtained during the preseason program.

There are a lot of experts in sports performance, but not all of them are certified. What value do you find in working with certified and educated strength and conditioning coaches?

KIM KAUFMAN

“Safety is extremely important when it comes to strength and conditioning. Certified and educated coaches know how to safely help an athlete make progress. They are up to date on the latest research so they can design a program that helps me get the most out of each workout.”

SANFORD POWER

POWER strength coaches are held to the highest industry standards. All coaches are mandated to have a degree in the field of Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology. Coaches must be CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach) certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Coaches at Sanford also attend yearly clinics hosted by Sanford POWER, allowing them to keep up to date with training trends, research, and learn from some of the best strength coaches in the country. Providing a safe but challenging workout environment using the most current practices and technologies is something we take pride in.

WHAT do you do (if anything) to improve mental focus and concentration?

KIM KAUFMAN

“I work with mental coaches to learn how to focus my energy on the shot and visualize the target in an unlimited amount of ways. Visualizing of the target in different ways has really become a part of my routine. I also work on how to NOT think about the next shot when I’m in between shots, but instead practice tricks and skills to just stay in the present.”

SANFORD POWER

Mental techniques are a valuable and understated aspect of athlete development. It allows the athlete to train the strongest part of their body, the mind. Using mental techniques provides an opportunity to “practice” movements without exposing the body to any additional stress.