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Can you play golf while sore?!

Let's say...

You want to play a lot of golf.

And at the same time, you are determined to train hard in the gym.

So you end up golfing with a sore body.

What should you do?

Stop working out.

Just kidding! ;)

Feeling sore after a workout could come right after and last up until 5 days.

Now, if you experience 5 days of soreness after each session for weeks on end, then we really should have a different conversation.

Right here, right now: I hope to share a few practical strategies that you can implement in your own game plan, while at the same time addressing blocks or a mindset stretch so that you see your efforts turned into great success!

There’s a conflict between:

The body’s need & time to recover

And our mental willpower to train hard.

And unless we decide to stop going after it, we can’t take away the conflict.

So to reduce and manage soreness: Apply these training sessions to boost, activate and re-ignite your body’s own recovery and healing process:

  • Foam rolling -Fundamental Routines-

  • Restore & Recover -Full Body Freedom-

  • Breathing -Fundamental Routines-


  • Plan golf before, not after, an intense workout

  • Golfing immediately after a heavy workout: focus on gross movement patterns rather than small technical details

  • Working out before 18 holes: replenish with enough minerals, hydration and quality protein sources

  • Golfing while sore: now is not the time to attempt a personal best. Instead, focus on training different KPI’s such as course management, distraction control, routines, confidence, self-talk etc

These are just the main and general practical applications. There are important nuances and extra programming to be aware of. I educate my High Performance students on this topic because it’s such an important piece of the LPGA, PGA, LIV, NCAA D1 journey.

Thank you for taking the time to read. If my messages have helped change your game or life in any shape or form, I'd love to hear your transformational story! Just send me an email via or dm over on Instagram!

You're always just one click, one breath, one training away:

Keep Strong!

Liesbeth Pauwels

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