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Power Plate workout improves balance, flexibility and strength

Michelle Dumovich works on leg and torso muscles with Nadine Bielich, 61, during a Power Plate training session for golf at Fusion Fit Club in Trinity.

MIKE CAMUNAS | Times

Michelle Dumovich works on leg and torso muscles with Nadine Bielich, 61, during a Power Plate training session for golf at Fusion Fit Club in Trinity.

TRINITY

It's a workout with a full plate.

Fusion Fit Club, a co-ed smart gym that offers a quick workout, also has a way to help local golfers.

Need more distance, there's a program that has you covered. Want straighter shots, it can help with that, too. That's because the program trainer Michelle Dumovich developed uses a state-of-the-art fitness machine: the Power Plate.

"I realized that one of the most important things golfers needed to have was balance, and the thing (the Power Plate) is great to stimulate balance," Dumovich said. "The program I do is guaranteed to get the most out of your balance and get their flexibility together."

The machine's a platform that participants hold exercise poses on, toning and strengthening muscles by using whole body vibrations to send energy waves through the body. Dumovich has a five-week program that meets Saturdays and works the golfer to develop better balance, strength, flexibility and injury prevention.

Certain PGA golfers do use this method of training, but its also a workout that takes no more than an hour that works the legs, abs, arms, chest — all parts that will help with range of motion, grip of the club and followthrough.

"I needed a class to limber up, but I also needed core strength and balance," said Lisa Henke, 53, of Trinity, who plays golf a couple times a week at Heritage Springs Country Club said. "Since I've been doing this, I've dropped five strokes and my goal is be in the low 90s by the end of the year, and I'll get there."

Dumovich says that holding positions — some with the help of a medicine ball or a golf club, the latter which golf through the whole range of swing — helps develop muscle memory, and it easily helps with shot accuracy and distance.

"My shots are more consistent, if anything at all," Nadine Bielich, 61, and of Trinity, said. "I find that I can make the same shots throughout the round now."

Dumovich says results usually happen rather quickly, and while the program is quick and efficient, it's still a workout. The muscles may be sore and tired, and you'll be sweating.

"By the fifth week we're progressing in every area," said Dumovich, an avid golfer since she started playing at age 9. "Balance, focus, strength, agility — everything that will be beneficial to your game."

Dumovich can also work one-on-one with a golfer, especially if there's a certain area or muscle that needs specific attention.

The consensus seems to be, with the development of core strength by using the program, that there will be an improvement in distance. Honestly, what amateur golfer won't want an extra 10-20 yards on their swings?

That's because Dumovich says having better core strength will allow more flexibility in the rotation, and with the added muscle, you can subtract the strokes on the scorecard.

"Of all the things that go into your golf swing, your core, primarily, is most of it from your lower back and middle," said Greg Esteves, 25, of New Port Richey. He is a manager at Fusion Fit and golfs at least twice a week. "Since using power plate, I'm at least 10 yards long on all my shots.

"I hate to harp on it though, but the core strength is really the main goal. Anyone can stand over a golf ball and destroy it. You notice it the most when you don't have to swing as hard to get what you want. You don't have to muscle up anymore."

Community Sports Editor Mike Camunas can be reached at mcamunas@sptimes.com or (352) 544-1771.

Golf Five Week Training Program with Power Plate

What: Training for golf with Power Plate includes upper and lower body workouts, as well as work with a golf club. It's main focus is to build core strength and balance.

Cost: $220

When: Saturdays, 1 p.m.

Where: Fusion Fit Club

Instructor: Michelle Dumovich

For more info, call Dumovich at
(727) 463-1250 or e-mail at
mdumovich@tampabay.rr.com.

Power Plate workout improves balance, flexibility and strength 02/24/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:45pm]
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