Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Improve your Golf Game with these Exercises


The weather is great, big executives entertain their clients on the links and kids, women and men all over the world are hitting the driving range. For those of you who want to add some valuable yards off the tee and avoid those nagging golf injuries, here are some great exercises that will help you win the battle against Tiger Woods.

Back is one of the best exercises for golfers. Nearly every muscle in the back is employed during a swing. Seated Rows are a great way to strengthen the back. Three sets of 10 reps here will do the trick.

Strengthening your arms, triceps and shoulders will help you to increase the length of tee offs and other long range shots. Bicep curls, triceps dips and light shoulder dumbbell presses all at three sets of 10 reps is what Dr Funk prescribes.

The best golfers will tell you that without a solid base, their swing would crumble. Balance and strength in the thigh, calf and glutes will lead to a powerful, fluid swing.
Squats at three sets of 10 reps could not be any better to you with the foundation.

4. ABS
The rotation of the torso is enhanced by strong abs. Ab Crunches - three sets of 10 (try to increase reps every workout) will not only help with the swing, but you will also get that 6 pack that we all aspire to get.

It’s important for the golfer to complete a stretch that corresponds to the muscle he or she is working after doing their reps. And contrary to my workout beliefs, golfers should not use heavy weights. You can risk injury and get a bit too bulky for the sport.

There you have it. Whether you are preparing for the PGA/LPGA Championships, your local Golf Club Tournament or you just want to improve your game, strength training is essential not only to increase your power, but also longevity in the sport.
See you all at Augusta.

Have a healthy day and Don’t Rush the Beat!

Funk Roberts

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Supplement of the Week - Vertex

Supplement of the Week - Vertex

Well many of you have asked what supplements I take to help me achieve my look. The one that I swear by is Vertex. This has helped me with my strength gains and muscular development as well. I love this product and suggest this to any of you that would like to gain muscle and strength.

VERTEX™ (vur’tx): the highest point; the apex or summit; maximum; peak.

VERTEX represents a scientific leap in the theory and methodology of bodybuilding supplementation. Specifically engineered for bodybuilders, this is bodybuilding’s 1st & ONLY intense pre-workout formula that dramatically alters the physiological environment of the body’s muscle cells, producing the anabolic state required for rapid muscle and strength gains, thicker muscle tissue, and explosive muscle pumps.

• Builds Serious Muscle
• Thickens Muscle Tissue
• Explosive Muscle Pumps
• Rapid Strength Gains

Funk Roberts
Don't Rush the Beat!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Funk Roberts Live on EnergyFlow Fitness TV

Hey all, I have been lucky enough to be a guest on a great website called EnergyFlow Fitness -Ask a Celebrity Trainer. Ryan Shanahan ( facilitates the show and often has fantastic fitness tips with fitness professionals.

The clip below is my Terrible Twenty-Eights, which is a routine I do at the end of my shoulder workout. This is often referred to as a Giant Set, because you are using four different exercises for one body part without a rest in between. It’s quick and painful, but it hits all parts of the shoulders. I use light weights, usually 15 and 20 pound dumbbells.

Here is the routine. There is no rest in between each exercise
1. Side Lateral Raises – 7 reps at 15 lbs
2. Front Raises – 7 reps at 15 lb
3. Dumbbell Upright Rows – 7 reps at 15 lbs
4. Bent Over Lateral Raises – 7 reps at 15 lbs

Do 3 sets of 28 reps with 1 to 1.5 minutes rest and you will see amazing improvements in the look and strength of your shoulders. Adding this routine to your shoulder workout will help men with that tampered look and women achieve the toned sleek shoulders.

Remember Don’t Rush the Beat
Funk Roberts

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I wrote this article for Paris Hilton a few years back when she was going to jail, but I thought I would regurgitate this for the ever beautiful Lindsey Lohan

So Lindsay Lohen has gone to jail. Whether this causes you to weep or rejoice, you have to wonder, how is she going to stay in shape while she's in the slammer? There are no personal trainers in the Big House; you can't get low-fat smoothies in the Mess Hall.

But if anything, 90 days in the Lynwood’s Century Regional Detention Facility could offer Lindsay a chance to get into the best shape of her life. And if your apartment is the size of jail cell, this workout plan might appeal to you, too.

1. Cardio

The 2,200 inmates at Century probably can’t wait to get their hands on Lindsay, and running away from them would certainly fulfill the cardio portion of her regime, but Lohan will be segregated from the general population for her own safety.

 She will however get one hour each day outside the cell, where she can go to the yard and do a slight jog for 30 minutes, three times a week. You, on the other hand, have the freedom to choose a route through your neighbourhood or local park.

2. Arms

Too bad TMZ cameras won’t be able to follow Lindsay to prison - wouldn’t it be great if they caught her pumping up Cape Fear-style? Comedy gold! Maybe picturing it will help you get motivated.

You can do push ups and chair/bed dips anywhere, even a 12-by-8 foot cell, and three sets of 10 reps each exerciser a day should have Lindsay looking like the hardened criminal she is by the time her sentence is up.

3. Abs

There's no rest for the wicked and there will be no lounging in bed until noon once Lindsay starts serving her time. But she can get to work on her abs from the comfort of her cot.

Using different variations on the traditional sit-up - like bicycle sit-ups, crunches, leg raises and oblique twists - she can chisel her abs til they look like even the sharpest shiv would just bounce right off. If three sets of 10 reps of each exercise is too much for you, vary the exercise each morning.

4. Butt and Legs

While less motivated cons just pace their cells, our girl would do well to practice lunges instead. That way, when she's released she can celebrate by going out on the town sans underwear to show off her assets, as per usual. Lindsay is probably used to doing squats with hand-weights, but unless she tears out the sink and toilet, she'll have to go without for three weeks. Upping her reps from 10 to 15 will help her keep her legs slim until she's out.

5. Diet

The only institution more renowned for its bad food than prison is the hospital. And it does sound pretty miserable: dinner is the only hot meal of the day, beef and pork are not permitted, so protein will come in poultry form and all the meals are low in sodium. Starving yourself slim does not fly with the guards, and Lindsay will be expected to eat her fill.

Three healthy square meals a day combined with regular exercise will improve Lindsay' muscle tone and with any luck she'll look better coming out than she did going in. Or maybe not: hair extensions are forbidden in prison.

Funk Roberts
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