The Best Things Are Earned

In the gym with Ma­jor Cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth

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When you meet Jor­dan Spi­eth, what strikes you isn’t a win-at-all costs, day-in and day-out grind type of ath­lete. Calm, cool and un­end­ingly po­lite, he smiles and in­tro­duces him­self, a firm hand­shake be­ly­ing a lean and lithe 6-foot-1 frame.

Those who know and fol­low Jor­dan would tell you, how­ever, that be­hind the easy de­meanour lies a fe­ro­cious com­peti­tor, hell bent on find­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble-ad­van­tage and ex­ploit­ing it, a trait that helped him cap­ture three ma­jors be­fore his 25th birth­day. And lead­ing into the 2018 PGA Cham­pi­onship at Bel­lerive, and an­other go at the ca­reer grand slam, Jor­dan had been hard at work; work that starts in the gym.

Spi­eth and his trainer Troy Van Biezen re­cently opened a win­dow to the world for a peek into what train­ing looks like for one of the elite golfers on the PGA Tour. Fo­cus­ing on con­trast train­ing, Jor­dan is put through in­cred­i­bly tax­ing, speed and power work­outs de­signed to keep his body guess­ing through weight and high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing.

A fo­cus on the lower body and core has made Jor­dan as ex­plo­sive as ever, key for a golfer who gen­er­ates power from the hips. The more power that is gen­er­ated through the lower body, the eas­ier it is to use the up­per body for con­trol and hand speed, giv­ing Jor­dan the abil­ity to use his irons with pin­point ac­cu­racy.

The re­sults are com­ing. Af­ter a strong show­ing at the Open Cham­pi­onship at Carnoustie that ul­ti­mately fell short on the fi­nal day, Jor­dan was back in the gym, fo­cus­ing on the PGA Cham­pi­onship. Re­sis­tance train­ing with core sta­bi­liza­tion, Bul­gar­ian squats, dead­lifts, box jumps and much more dom­i­nate Spi­eth’s work­out to en­sure he can per­form at his peak for four rounds.

“I feel as phys­i­cally fit this time of the

year as ever… as far as how I feel this late in the sea­son, it’s the best I’ve ever felt,” said Spi­eth.

Jor­dan and Troy have ze­roed in on a pro­gram and ap­proach fo­cus­ing on mo­bil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity to give him a leg up in some of the most pres­sure-filled sit­u­a­tions in sports. Jor­dan needs to be able to have com­plete fo­cus when all eyes are on him, which means min­i­miz­ing

phys­i­cal dis­trac­tions in­clud­ing fa­tigue. Body fa­tigue in golf can dras­ti­cally af­fect me­chan­ics and re­sults, a key rea­son why Jor­dan must main­tain the best phys­i­cal con­di­tion to chal­lenge like he does al­most ev­ery week.

“I can go and do a sim­ple warmup in the gym and I just feel bet­ter if ev­ery­thing’s ac­ti­vated,” said Spi­eth. “Golf-spe­cific train­ing is dif­fer­ent from other sports. We aren’t look­ing to bulk up… but at the same time we need more mo­bil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity.”

He may look like a mild-man­nered, easy-to-like Texan, but don’t be fooled. Jor­dan Spi­eth puts the rest of the field on no­tice ev­ery week, backed by WILL and hard work. “I’m a train­ing nerd – I don’t look like The Rock but I’m a train­ing nerd for golf spe­cific ex­er­cises. I just love do­ing it,” adds Jor­dan.

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