Ok, so Phil is basically doing the P90X2 workout.
Being the golf fan I am I always read articles about my favorite pro golfers and Phil is one of them. I came across this article the other day talking about how Phil has lost 10 of the 20 pounds he is trying to lose this offseason following the Paleo diet and working out four days a week with his trainer Sean Cochran. The overall goal for Phil is to regain club head speed.
Sean laid out his four-day a week 75 minute workout plan which has 6 steps.
- Myofascial release exercises (foam rolling)
- Static stretching
- Dynamic warm-up (total body moves like forward and reverse lunges that get the body ready to move)
- Power training (plyometrics, medicine ball work, squat jumps)
- Core training (using an exercise ball to work the body)
- Total body strength training (combining lower-body strength exercises with an upper-body move, like dumbbell squats and horizontal rows)
This is P90X2 to a T
When P90X2 was released a couple of years ago Tony Horton discussed how P90X2 was developed with athletes in mind versus how P90X was an advanced fitness program. Going over a couple of the P90X2 workouts you will see the similarities to what Phil Mickelson is doing.
- X2 Core – Works the core with an exercise ball in unstable positions. #5.
- Plyocide – Crazy plyometrics workout using a stability ball. #4.
- X2 Total Body – Body uses complementing muscles in unstable positions. #6.
- X2 Yoga – Hour long yoga program designed to increase flexibility. #2.
- X2 Recovery & Mobility – Hour long foam rolling workout. #1.
I was surprised how much I liked X2 Recovery & Mobility. Its night and day how much different I feel from when I start it to when its over. The foam rolling ( I use the Rumble Roller) makes such a difference loosening the body up.
Swinging a golf club is a total body move. Without good balance and a strong core your swing is not going to be consistent. Which in turn produces bad shots, high scores, and you’ll probably want to quit the game. If you’re looking to do a workout the pro golfers do without having to pay big bucks for a trainer then check out the P90X2 workout.
I really hope Phil is able to drop those extra 10 pounds before next season starts and get back to his ways of old. Somethings not right when you don’t see him in the Top 10 of a leaderboard on Sundays. Here is the most recent photo of Phil Mickelson with his brother on Instagram showing his weight loss.