Did you know that golf courses are the fifth most common place for people to suffer from sudden cardiac arrest? According to the American Heart Association, a golfer is one of over 380,000 people in the United States each year to suffer from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)… and less than seven percent survive.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk Can Be Prevented
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a 26-year study of nearly 82,000 women that showed you can reduce your risk for sudden cardiac death. In the majority of people, coronary heart disease is usually the underlying cause and this study showed that a low-risk, healthy lifestyle is associated with a low risk of sudden cardiac death.
A healthy heart usually means a healthy body. Learn how to lower your risks for heart disease while lowering your score in golf. If you’re an older golfer, the Par 4 Life golf regimen will improve a game that’s been afflicted by surgery, arthritis, injury, deconditioning, or simply, your age.
I. Functional Screening
The Par 4 Life golf fitness program starts with a comprehensive lifestyle and musculoskeletal and functional movement assessment.
- Identifies muscle asymmetries, tightness, weakness/atrophy, loss of ROM (range of motion) and other risk factors for injury – all of which affect the power and consistency behind your swing.
- Detects design problems in your workout routine.
- Predicts fall risk and player ability from deficits in balance or proprioception.
- Determines how much you need to ‘downsize’. Understand why your waistline is hindering your drive and why visceral fat (your “active fat”) is more dangerous than your love handles.
- Assesses your risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
II. 50+ Golfletics Training
If you’re an older golfer struggling on the course, you can still outplay much younger players. Age-related physical limitations (including aches and pains) hinder your golf performance and your love of the game, but functional fitness training specific to golf can help you play the game as if you were 20 years younger.
First, you must face the facts. If you want to lower your handicap, you need to get in shape. There’s no way around it… and just any workout won’t do. To improve your golf, you need to specifically target the muscles you use on the course.
You’ll still need to practice your drive and short game as Par 4 Life won’t replace productive practice. However, it will enhance your game and how you feel when you’re playing.
“Karen Owoc has been working with me since shortly after my heart surgery (triple bypass in 2015) and again after my total hip replacement. She has now started me on a healthy modified Pilates routine and easy-to-follow eating plan to lose weight and manage my diabetes. She is one of the many great humans – docs, nurses, surgeons, and Karen – that I can credit for keeping me alive. I just shot the best round in years today! Best my body has felt on the course in a long, long time! I still have weight to lose, but I feel great! ~Bob Schmidt, open-heart surgery survivor
Par 4 Life will improve your “golfleticism” — a combination of physical fitness components that will help you move more athletically through the key elements of your golf swing.
- Mobility – Lengthening your muscles will improve your golf game (by increasing the range in your swing), but you’ll also learn how your flexibility correlates with the health of your arteries.
- Stability – Balance and agility training will help prevent serious falls, reduce sports injuries, and improve your swing. When you swing from a stable base, you can swing with more power, consistency, and control. When you’re agile, you can quickly transfer power laterally which directly affects your club head speed. Find out how to achieve a mobile and durable frame, so you’re more stable and nimble on your feet.
- Strength – Your muscles not only lift heavy things, but hold your body erect when standing. Mobility, muscle stabilization, and strength training are essential for injury prevention, stronger bones, and optimal golf performance. You’ll learn how to improve your game, longevity, and everyday living.
- Speed and Power – By improving your mobility, stability, and strength, you’ll generate more power (that is, more force and acceleration) from the ground up as well as prevent early deceleration of your club head. As a result, you’ll increase your driving distance. The better you can move, the faster your club head will move. The faster your club head moves, the farther your ball will travel.
- Control – When you learn to control muscle tension, you can control skilled golf movement patterns, i.e., your swing or putt. A strong musculoskeletal foundation (e.g., hips, torso, and arms) is the key to golf mastery.
“April 2017 (one year after my cardiac event) — Just saw my cardiologist, Dr. Aman Saw, and he said, “I love the weight loss, I love your EKG. Your blood pressure is excellent. Frankly, I am surprised.” I told him Karen Owoc’s care got me back on my feet.
“On April 2016, my heart stopped for 7 minutes. I was shocked 3 times and revived. I was 275 lbs. and had one stent put in an artery of my heart — the Widow Maker*. I was out of breath tying my shoes and walking stairs. Then I was ‘KO’d’ (rehabbed by Karen Owoc) and dropped 40 pounds. I’ve greatly improved my aerobic function and flexibility. Went off all medication and just on aspirin therapy now.
“Working with Karen could have prevented my massive heart attack that cost over $100,000 in medical bills. After being in her cardiac rehab class and getting advice on nutrition, I dropped 40 lbs. and got in excellent shape. I reduced my risk of stroke and another heart attack by 50%.
“If you’re overweight and out of condition, avoid this life changing impact. If you had an event, take back your health like I did and get in Karen’s class. Karen really cares. She is motivating, very knowledgeable, and she’s fun. P.S. I loved her ‘whiteboards’ (education)!” ~Kirk Brown, ‘Widow Maker’ Heart Attack Survivor
*The Widow Maker is a blockage in the left anterior descending artery of the heart. It is called the Widow Maker because as far as heart attacks go, the consequences are catastrophic and can often lead to sudden death.
“I have just completed a cardiac rehabilitation program that was highly successful and which greatly exceeded my expectations. In addition to accomplishing all of the physical fitness milestones that were intended, the program was educational, motivating and fun. This was clearly due entirely to its exceptional leader, Karen Owoc.
“Karen not only designs and leads the program, she “partners” with participants in carrying it out, physically leading the warmups herself, personally monitoring and regulating each person’s workouts, and discussing and counseling individual progress. She is very knowledgable and instills confidence. Karen creates an atmosphere that motivates participants to want to succeed, and to enjoy doing so.”
~Robert W. Kuckuck, age 78, recipient of two coronary artery stents
Profession: retired physicist. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Director (retired), National Nuclear Security Administration, Principal Deputy Administrator (retired), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Deputy Director (retired)
Karen Owoc, B.S. Kinesiology/Biodynamics is a human performance specialist. She specializes in medical fitness with extensive experience prescribing exercise to cardiac patients with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and other age-related diseases. She is an author, medical weight management instructor, award-winning writer, and recurring TV health fitness expert on ABC10 and KRON 4.
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association
- Certified Basic Life Support, American Heart Association
Call or text for class times: (925) 413.6207 | Current location: IMX Pilates and Fitness, 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 112