Sorenstam Radiates Confidence on Fairways
By GREG BOECK
Excerpt from article in USA TODAY 2-12-2004
That toughness has vaulted her to the top of women’s golf the last three years. She has programmed herself to be No. 1 – toughened physically by a grueling workout regime embarked on two years ago and steeled mentally by a will to win first ingrained by her athletic parents.
How tough is Sorenstam? “About as tough as they come,” says her personal trainer, Kai Fusser.
When she first began working out with Fusser, she couldn’t perform one pull-up. Now she routinely does 15. She started doing quads with 60-pound barbells. Now she’s up to 300 pounds.
Fusser’s program is heavy on weight work, most targeted to core training aimed at Sorenstam’s upper and lower body. Balance work is big, too. Sorenstam can stand on a physioball that is 2 feet in diameter – and swing a club. “Not a lot of people can do that,” Fusser says.
Cardio work is mostly interval training – rope jumping, rollerblading. She changes routines every eight weeks and works hardest in the off season, to peak in the spring.
The result: Sorenstam has become leaner (14% body fat) and stronger. She drives 25 yards longer and hits straighter.
Two years ago, after hiring Fusser, she followed her 8-win season with a stunning 11- victory season. Last year she won 6 times – and went toe -to- toe with the men on the PGA Tour.
“If you watch her walk down the fairway, she walks differently,” Fusser says. “Her chest is up, ‘Here we go!’ There is a confidence there. When she goes to the tee, she knows she has done everything she can to her body and she is at 100% where she can be, and that doesn’t leave any doubts in her mind.”
LPGA Tour Champion
I started to work out with Kai at the end of 2009, because I felt after my rookie season on the LPGA I was lacking the strength and the fitness needed to be competitive on tour. I had always worked out in one way or another, but with Kai’s systematic training programs everything started to make much more sense. I know the programs will help me get the most out of every session and that it will help me get to my peak performance.
While working out with Kai for the last 16 months, I have gained 25 yards off the tee and I am hitting my irons a club and a half further. I am much more consistent and I now have the strength to handle the deep rough we face on tour with no problems. Kai has taught me how to be more effortless and efficient thru his fitness regime and it has helped my game tremendously.
Kai continuously amazes me with his knowledge and his ways to motivate me to become the best athlete I can be. His passion, commitment and work-ethic is second to none, and I am very fortunate to have Kai on my team. He brings out the best in me, and I am sure he can do wonders for you too.
LPGA Tour professional
By RON SIRAK
Excerpt from article from GOLF WORLD
The 35-year-old Stupples is a perfect example of what has happened on the LPGA. She got fitter and stronger and became a much better player. She emulated Sorenstam so closely that two years ago she even hired the Swede’s personal trainer, Kai Fusser, to work with her in Orlando, where she now lives. “I am much longer now,” Stupples said, “and the added strength has given me more control over my swing. Working with Kai has made all the difference in the world.”