Carolina Romero, also known as the FitGolfGirl on social media is a former NCAA division 1 golfer and a TPI certified golf fitness coach. Her whole goal is to improve golfer’s athletic ability, flexibility and strength so they can play golf at their highest ability. Growing up in Columbia, she was nationally recognized competitive golfer. After attending the University of South Florida, she found her passion in health and fitness! being a golfer, it only made sense to put the two together and help golfers achieve their goals. Along with being a TPI certified specialist, she is also a certified personal training for NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), a Functional Aging Specialist and a nutritional coach.
Side-Lying Thoracic Rotations
The first exercise Carolina Romero demonstrates is side-lying thoracic rotations. To do this exercise, Carolina recommends laying down on your side and bending the knees at a 90 degree angle. The bottom hand should be used to hold the knees in place, while the other arm is extended in front of the face. From here, the upper body should be rotated as far as possible in the opposite direction, and then returned to the starting position.
Carolina emphasizes that it is important to focus on not letting the knees move during the exercise. This exercise should be done for three sets of 12 reps per side.
Thoracic Extensions with a Foam Roller
The second exercise Carolina demonstrates is thoracic extensions with a foam roller. To do this exercise, Carolina recommends placing the foam roller under the shoulder blades. The lower body should be kept as stable as possible, and the hands should be placed behind the head. From here, the upper back should be extended as far as possible and then returned to the starting position.
Carolina notes that this exercise should be done 3 to 4 times a week, either on its own or incorporated into an existing workout routine. She also recommends adding this exercise to a pre-golf game warmup.