When Gary Player was 9 years old, his older brother, Ian-about to leave their native South Africa to fight in World War II-gave him a set of free weights. “You really want to be a professional athlete?” fan said. “You’re small and weak, so you better start exercising and taking care of your body.” Remembering that day more than 70 years later Player says, “I promised him I would, and those words still echo through my head;’

At 5 feet 6 inches, Player was always smaller than contemporaries like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. But thanks largely to his dedication to fitness, he amassed an amazing professional golf career, with 165 tournament victories including nine major championships. Now 80, Player is still circling the globe playing tournaments, raising money for charity, managing a wide-ranging company, and taking phenomenal care of his body. (In 2013, he looked good enough to appear in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue.) And he long ago traded those free weights for Technogym, multi unit training system designed for high-end gyms and at-home use that he calls a “game changer:’

“Technogym entered my life two decades ago and has helped me continue my fitness journey with its cutting-edge equipment,” Player says. “Being fit in the latter stages of my playing career allowed me to become the only person ever to win the career grand slam on the Senior Tour, and to win professional tournaments in my 70s.”

Player is especially fond of the company’s Kinesis line, which specializes in functional movement. “Kinesis completely revolutionized my fitness regime, allowing me to concentrate on essential elements of my body such as my core and legs, which contain the most vital muscles for golfers,” he says. “Using it in my own home allows me to stay fit by working on everything from flexibility to strength to breathing control, and no doubt has increased my longevity.”

One thing that doesn’t seem to increase is Player’s score. “At 80 years old,” he says, “I still average 70.”

Article courtesy of Robb Report

Picture courtesy of Technogym

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Laughter is the best medicine and when I’m around Lee, there is never a shortage of laughter.


Excited to watch the @usopengolf at Winged Foot this weekend, sending my best wishes to those competing. Here’s a little throwback from my 1965 #USOpen playoff victory which saw me capture the Grand Slam.

The fist pump – is there a more universal celebration in sport? Some new artwork that I love!

My commitment to fitness was essential to my success and has allowed me to enjoy the game that has given me so much. I find joy in seeing guys like @McIlroyRory & @TigerWoods who have turned themselves into great athletes in order to be better competitors. https://t.co/sSGBaosdNE


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