|Melanie Maetzler, from Switzerland, answers our health and fitness questionnaire.|
Melanie Maeltzler belongs to our small group of members from Switzerland. She joined our Tour in 2012 and enjoys skiing, snowboarding and tennis. Find all information of Melanie here.
This questionnaire shows that our golf players do not just play golf, they are also Athletes, with a hard H&F program. Find here all Health & Fitness tips from her:
Describe how your exercise program benefits you and your golf game.
It gives me more stability in my swing ant in allows me to practise throughout the whole year.
Describe when and why you started exercising for golf.
When I was in Highschool in the Sportgymnasium in Davos, Switzerland. It was part of our training there and since then its part of my life.
Describe how your pre-season exercise program is different to your in-season exercise program. For example, do you focus on different aspects of fitness? Are your goals different?
In pre-season I build up my muscles and I spend more time in the gym than during the season. During the season I try to keep up my physical condition but not necessarily increase it.
With respect to your pre-season program, please describe your exercise program.
I train three times per week with weights in the gym to build up my muscles. But endurance is also very important for me therefore I like cross country skiing in the winter.
With respect to your in-season program, please describe your exercise program.
I train a lot with the pilates roll which I bring to every tournament. It is easy to travel with and I can use it the room. It helps me to gain stability with my inner muscles. To keep up my endurance, I like jogging, this is also something I can do everywhere.
What is the most enjoyable thing about your exercise program?
It feels good after the training. J I can spend a lot of time in the nature with jogging and cross country skiing.
How do you manage to maintain a fitness program when you are touring?
With the pilates roll I can train everywhere, I don’t have to find a gym first…I am very flexible.
Describe how important maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is for you and your golf game.
It is very important for the energy level. After five hours during a tournament round it is very important that the energy level is still high and therefore I pay attention to what I eat during the whole week.
How do you manage to maintain a healthy diet when you are touring?
If I find a good restaurant at a tournament I like going there during the whole week and I only eat what I know.
What tips would you give golfers who really dislike exercising or to those golfers who say that exercise is only for elite golfers?
It is your choice…but If you want to perform towards the end of the season it is easier if you are fit!