Random Monday: Back to Golf, Dumbbell Floor Presses, and Some Questions For You

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I actually had a great one.

Here are a few random thoughts to start the week.

1. Getting the Golf Itch Again

I got to spend yesterday morning with my mom for Mother’s Day, which was awesome as usual. The older I get and the busier I get, the more I enjoy and appreciate family time.

We went to breakfast (the absolute best breakfast place in the world, by the way) and then went to the driving range to hit golf balls. I hadn’t hit balls since last summer when I tried to qualify for the ReMax World Long Drive Championship (which I wrote about here) so it was awesome to get back out there and take some rips.

Last summer was my first real competition so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I barely missed qualifying (I was 4th out of 25 or so competitors and the top 3 moved on) but I had a blast and it’s definitely something I’d like to continue doing. I like long drive because it doesn’t take a whole ton of practice like regular golf does, so it works well with my busy lifestyle.

Plus, it’s just fun letting loose and swinging for the fences, and it’s always nice to be outside.

My knee surgery threw a little monkey wrench into the mix and I wasn’t sure how it would hold up, but it actually felt pretty good—better than expected anyway. I didn’t swing my absolute hardest, but if anything it actually helped keep me in check to keep my tempo from getting too quick, with for me usually leads to a nasty hook if I don’t connect right.

Anyway, I hit the ball well yesterday and it felt pretty good, so as of now, the plan is to compete in two competitions in June and July and take my chances again.

We’ll see how it goes. If nothing else, it’ll be fun and it’s something to satisfy my competitive personality.

More on that later I guess as it gets closer, but I’m excited.

2. Dumbbell Floor Presses Sans Partner

I’m a big fan of dumbbell floor presses and do them often.

The biggest complaint I hear about them is that it’s hard to get the dumbbells into position without a partner to hand them to you.

I agree that it’s cumbersome, but here’s a way I’ve come to do them that works for me with heavy dumbbells.

Step 1: Pick a weight that you’re sure that you can lift for 8-10 reps. That’s really the biggest thing. As much as I like the exercise, it doesn’t lend itself to lower reps unless you have a partner.

Step 2: Start in a seated position on the floor with your legs straight. Rest the dumbbells on the lower part of your quads right away your knees.

Step 3: Slowly walk your feet up until your legs are at around a 90 degree angle, making sure to hold the dumbbells in place and keep them from slipping.

Step 4: Lie back while simultaneously kicking the dumbbells up towards your shoulders by jerking your knees. If you do this right, your legs will kick into the air after the dumbbells come off your knees. That’s what you want.

Step 5: This step is the most important and is all about timing. You need to time it so that you press the instant your feet hit the floor. You want to use the momentum of your heels hitting the floor to help propel the dumbbells into place.

Step 6: Start pressing. I prefer a neutral grip or something close to neutral (maybe slightly pronated), but do whatever is most comfortable for you.

If that was confusing, here’s a video that hopefully clarifies what I’m talking about.

It’ll take some practice, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not bad.

3. Basically all my posts are pertaining to topics I choose. That makes sense given that it’s my blog, but I want to open things up to questions from you.

To be honest, I’ve been coaching a lot more recently now that my knee is feeling better, and as such, I don’t have as much time to devote to my blog or answering e-mails and all that stuff.

A lot of the questions I get via e-mail are similar, so I’m thinking it might be a good idea to answer them here on the blog so more people can benefit from the answers.

So if there’s something specific you’d like me to address, let me know in the comments below or through the contact page and I’ll see what I can do.

4. If you missed this weekend’s Good Reads, give it a look. It’s a pretty sweet list if I do say so myself. Find it here.

5. Computer Help Needed!

So yesterday I finally decided to get a Mac computer. I’ve been resisting for a long time because I don’t like the idea of having to learn a new system, but my computer has been a constant headache and it seems like people with Macs don’t have as many problems.

Thing is, right after I got home someone told me that they’re coming out with a new model in a month. Doh!

So my question is this: should I return the one I got yesterday and wait for the new one, or does it not really matter? I’m a computer moron so I don’t really know enough about it to know.

Thanks for the help!

Have a great week.