The 18STRONG Podcast
The 18STRONG Podcast
18STRONG.com / Jeff Pelizzaro (Golf Digest Top 50 Fitness Professional)
368: CODY WESCOTT- Lift Heavy, Swing Fast.
1 hour 3 minutes Posted Feb 6, 2024 at 12:42 pm.
) Optimal Golf and Fitness Training
) Golf Performance
) Cardiovascular Health in Golf Longevity and Performance
) Fitness for Personal Transformation
) Golf Training and Exercise Nuances
) Muscle Building, Mobility, and Personal Training
– Jeff PelizzaroThe 18STRONG Podcast, episode number 368, with Cody Wescott from Cody Wescott, golf. What’s up guys? Welcome back to the 18STRONG Podcast, where we’re here to help you build a stronger game, because we believe that every golfer deserves to play better, longer. And this week we have Cody Wescott from Cody Wescott Golf and the Swing Heavy Lift Fast Program. This episode is a fun one for me because this is the first time I get to meet Cody and talk about the growth that he’s had, first of all in social media in the golf and fitness world, and I think he’s one of the guys putting out some of the best content when it comes to education in the golf and fitness world and really taking a no BS attitude and laying on what’s going to make your program most optimal. Is traditional weight training? Is traditional strength training good for your golf game? Yeah, it can be, but is it optimal for what you’re wanting to do and what your goals are in the gym? So we have some great conversations about what that looks like, what you want to do, what are the things that you want to put into your program simply because you like them, and what are the things you need to put in there because they’re going to work. And then we talk about a couple topics that Cody’s been pretty hard lined on, and that’s the difference between golf exercises and golf drills. Where is that crossover and where is the separation? And are you doing golf exercises or golf drills and are they really being effective in your training program? And then, lastly, we touch on a bit of a sensitive topic for probably a lot of the listeners of this show, for those of you that are coaches and trainers. But talking to the golfers out there, cody discusses why you may not need a personal trainer and why that actually might be detracting from your goals and detracting from your results, and we go have a great conversation around that. So you’re going to really enjoy this episode of the 18STRONG Podcast.
– Cody WescottHey, thanks for having me.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, for sure, man. So this is really fun to finally get to connect with you. I’ve been following your stuff on social media for a while and one of the cool things and we just had a couple other people on recently and, I said, one of the cool things about what we do at the podcast here cool things for me is being able to connect with people like you, that I really respect the way that you’re putting your content out, the content that you’re putting out. So, first of all, just keep doing what you’re doing, because I love watching it and I learned stuff from when I’m watching your content and I know that our crew is too.
– Cody WescottYeah, man, thank you so much. I mean the content game, social media has been such a game changer. I think you know I’ve listened to your show a few times, so I know I’m not alone when I say that Like it really has just like opened so many doors Because I’ve been doing, you know, the fitness thing for a long time and just when you consistently start posting content, like things happen for you that I never thought would happen. So it’s really cool. Like I’ve been on you know, someone’s podcast. Like you know, if you were to go, I never would have thought about this. So this is really cool.
– Jeff PelizzaroWhen did your? Is Instagram your biggest platform as far as your social media content? For sure, when did that really kind of take off for you?
– Cody WescottYou know.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, when? When did you kind of shift out of the the in-person training role, cause I know you said you really just work with, I think, a single client in person. The rest is pretty much online.
– Cody WescottYeah, it’s all on my app. Now why use trainer rogue? But you know I have my programming on their app. It’s been since I moved back to Oklahoma. I moved back here in December of 2022. I moved back here and I was still doing some zoom sessions. So I’m still doing one on one. But now, yeah, for the past like I think about 12 months I’ve had just one guy that I trained a person and the rest is I’ve got some. I’ve got people that I’ve been doing one on one programming for for years now. But now I just put all my time into creating the programming on the app.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, it looks great. We’ll be sure to link all this stuff up in the show notes as well, so you guys can go and check out the website, check out the app. You know everything, everything about looks really good. You know like it just kind of draws the eye in your content is great. As far as just really pointing out the, the no BS right, which I think is really one of the big messages that you, that you have, is like hey, don’t do the silly stuff. Here’s the way are here, here are ways for you to really get to where you want to go with your, your golf, with your fitness. And you know, one thing I wanted to ask you about, which is a message that continually goes through your content is not training the old way you used to train. You know it hasn’t gotten you where you want to go yet, so why are you continuing to do it? Expand on that a little bit.
– Cody WescottYeah, that’s been, that’s been a topic that’s done pretty well for me lately. So you kind of catch onto things that people kind of believe in in what you’re saying more right Cause, like that is like a truly like authentic thing for me is like I have literally experienced every possible image or every type of fitness that is out there. Right, so like I feel like I can speak to that Right Like. So I’ve done CrossFit, I’ve done bodybuilding, I’ve done powerlifting, I did Spartan races, I raced high rocks. My wife used to teach yoga. I’ve done yoga. She also taught Pilates. I’ve done Pilates. Like I’ve literally we her and I co taught a boxing class together. So I mean I’ve done like pretty much everything in fitness and I’ve also ran gyms. I was a regional fitness manager in Washington DC. I ran three gyms. Like when I tell you like that I have pretty much done everything that normal people in fitness can do, like I’ve done it.
– Jeff PelizzaroSo what do you feel is kind of the secret sauce of Hitting all of those boxes in a program and not going too far in one direction? Because I feel like we can definitely get into the mindset, or many of the golfers can get in the mindset, of oh, I just got to work on my mobility, or I got, I just got to work on my speed, or I’m going to get stronger, or you know how, how have you found to really tie those things together and, like you said, really become more of an athlete when you’re in the gym?
– Cody WescottRight, and you know you think about, like, could you put all that stuff into a workout? You can, right, Like it can be a long workout, but you know, yeah, and how much juice is the average person going to have at the end of a 90 minute session or something like that, right? So I think, yeah, we got to be pretty strategic about how we do it. I like to give people total body workouts, right? So, as opposed to doing a bodybuilding split and yeah, I think you know you can put in, you know, targeted mobility work that also is going to prepare you, like, you know, prime you up for the workout that you’re about to do. You can put in a few reps of like, maybe it’s a plio’s, like, you know, jumps, maybe it’s a couple of mid-ball slams. I like to do the sled, you know, whatever it is that that person has available, maybe it’s just bands, maybe they you know whatever they have available do something that’s pretty fast. And I have to do that, you know, right after your warm up, your mobility, so that where you’re touching on some speed and I don’t think you know you need to do a whole lot of it, right, like, I think speed is, you know a pretty low, low volume, right, like we’re talking like a couple of sets, you know two, three sets, one to three sets, actually, right, and then that lower rep range and then hitting a couple of our compound movements and I really try to get people to do like two to three to four sessions a week and then I’ll put in like my, like my um, in my app.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, that’s awesome. I love the name, by the way. Oh, it’s great. Just straight to the point, right.
– Cody WescottI got the trademark, by the way, did you really, hell yeah?
– Jeff PelizzaroNice, you should have for sure. Yeah, for those of you that aren’t watching on YouTube, he’s got the neon sign. He’s in his podcast studio too, which he’s got the shooting straight podcast that he does with his wife, so definitely check that out. We’ll link that in the show notes as well.
– Cody WescottAppreciate that.
– Jeff PelizzaroBut yeah, I mean just the breakdown of that, of that. You’re right, it just seems to make sense. I like how you then have like something on Saturday too, where it almost gives them a little bit of variety too, probably as far as the conditioning stuff, how much conditioning do you think golfers need, and is that something they need? Is that something that they want? Is that something that you like to throw in there?
– Cody WescottThat’s a great question. I love how you word this Something neat or something they want, right, like that’s what they come to us for, right, jeff? It’s like I’m going to tell you what you need, like, do you really want to do this? I hope so. I hope I’m going to get you to buy in and believe what I’m saying and you’re going to get excited and want to do it right, like, yeah, but yeah, so need.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, you know what that’s a great point that I think is overlooked is is the recovery piece of it and how that you don’t necessarily have to be conditioning yourself for the sport itself when you’re out on the golf course, and that is definitely going to help you. We we just talked to Mitch Sadoski recently talking about how golf is an explosive sport, but it’s also an endurance sport, especially if you’re a high level golf and you’re playing four days in a row. But, from the recovery aspect of during your workouts and from day to day, being in in better cardiovascular shape is absolutely going to help you improve from from set to set, from rep to rep and from tournament day to tournament day and practice session to practice session.
– Cody WescottSo that’s that’s awesome and, and you know, like you know, there’s so many studies out there that prove that. You know, resistance training, cardiovascular training, are like the pillars of longevity, right, and we all want to do this living well thing for a long time and we want to play golf for a long time, Like I want to play golf when I’m a hundred, you know, like, and I think we all do so. You know, if cardiovascular health is going to help me get there, then I better do, I better be doing it.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah, it doesn’t all have to be about you know, from shot to shot, what you’re doing on the golf course, and that’s the piece that I think do myself Most of the professionals in our industry yeah, we want you to lower your handicap, we want you to swing faster, we want you to hit the ball further and straighter, but ultimately, I’d love to see you play another 10, 20, 30, 40 years and do it well too, right? Not not just be out there kind of dinking it around, but be the guy that’s out there in his seventies and eighties and people like Holy cow, can you imagine or can you believe that this guy’s out here doing it? So yeah, that’s who.
– Cody WescottI want to be right and like.
– Jeff PelizzaroAnd yeah, and that’s a message that I wish the 35 year olds could hear and project forward right or the 25 year olds, 30, 35, 40, when we tend to get in this, this area of you know raising kids and being at a desk job or whatever your career path is, your family life is we tend to neglect those things, we tend to neglect ourselves, and then you turn into that 65 year old that is still kind of hoping that things will turn around, but it’s like no, the time is now. You got to start doing this stuff Now. Even if you start very simple, right, you start with just some mobility stuff and just getting into the gym a little bit. So that message rings true.
– Cody WescottOh yeah, I mean I had a guy worked at a country club in Alexandria, virginia, just right across the Potomac River from Washington DC had a guy mid 80s, you know like 85 years old, his name was Tony. He came in, he worked his ass off, slammed the ball around, I got him on the TRX and did some jump squats and stuff at 85 years old and that man got out there and you know he felt better than ever and so I mean it’s not too, you know. So my message is like yeah, it’s definitely not too late, and like you know people that are around my age or even a little bit younger, like you know, it’s going to be there one day. So you know, don’t let it catch you off guard.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah, be like Tony no.
– Cody WescottTony crushes it. Tony’s got a bitch named after him out there. He’s like oh no, bridge, not a bitch, excuse me.
– Jeff PelizzaroAnd he’s like oh yeah, when I’m gone.
– Cody WescottThey’re going to tear that bridge down. I’m like no, not Tony, it’s a great bridge. Like it’s not going anywhere, I use that bridge.
– Jeff PelizzaroLove it.
– Cody WescottYeah, so I mean, growing up I played baseball, basketball. I had a lot of, you know, I had some things happen when I was a kid, some some, some things with my family that really got me distracted For a little while. I think I had the talent, to be honest with you, to play, like you know, after high school and all that kind of stuff, but I just got distracted and I, you know, did some other things that people shouldn’t do. That was a big part of my life. I thought about that on my podcast was like I struggled with drugs and alcohol and things like that in my youth and even in my 20s, but I really found solace in the weight room, like when I was in high school. So, like you know, I’m 37, I’ve been working out since, like I was a freshman at high school. So we’re talking, like you know, 20-something years ago, right, and I just found a love for working out, right, like just lifting weights and I remember just working out with some of my buddies and I just felt it different. Like you know, as soon as I like did call it a bicycle curl for ease, right, I said, buy some curl. And they’re always like man, I can tell in your face that you feel that you know what you’re doing Like, and I just naturally figured it out. And then so I started like training them, you know, to try to get them like learn how to do this stuff.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah. You know, bus tables and all kinds of stuff.
– Cody WescottYeah, you know. So, like I was a manager, like you know so. But anyways, and then I was at a gym working out, just like before my shift at work, and the guy comes up and he’s like the fitness manager said hey man, do you want to be a personal trainer? And I was like, okay. I was like, how do I do that? He was like, oh, just get the certification and you know, we’ll set you up with clients. I was like, oh, yeah, those are the golds of Jim. You know, like five years ago. And so, yeah, then I quit doing the restaurant business. I got all into fitness and you know so, back then, you know, like all I really knew how to do was like bodybuilding and powerlifting, like that’s really all I knew. How to lift heavy, I knew how to like get big, that was it. And but then when you get your first client, you know you’re like I’m not going to pay to come see you once a week. I’m like, what are you going to do with them? Am I going to have you do chest day? And then what are you going to do in the next like four? And then what am I going to do next week? I’m going to have you do leg beer. You know, by the end of the month we’re going to give all one month split, yeah, like, so you had to change, you had to figure it out. And I was like, okay, well, this isn’t sustainable for most people. What do we need to do?
– Jeff PelizzaroSo did you start working with a lot of athletes at that time period, or was it just more general population that you know wanted to have some sort of performance based training in some capacity?
– Cody WescottYeah, so it was. They didn’t know they were. They wanted performance based training.
– Jeff PelizzaroI didn’t go through it, but I remember that coming out.
– Cody WescottYeah, so I did that. I think that was like in 2015. I did that and then I found a few golfers in the gym and like just kind of like begged them to let me like do some stuff, because they weren’t really into training. But I knew because but we had talked about golf before they didn’t want to really want to pay for training. I was like I don’t really care, like just kind of let me try some of this stuff on you. And they just, like you know because, because in Washington this is in I was living in Washington DC at the time that this happened and if you’re familiar with Washington DC, it’s like it’s not a really commuter friendly city.
– Jeff PelizzaroRight. And then you, you just recently how long ago did you move back to Oklahoma again After you were down in Jupiter?
– Cody WescottYes, I mean with Washington DC in 2015, I know 2014 and then moved from. I moved all around. Then we went from Washington DC, my wife and I. Then we moved from there to Austin, texas. That’s when I really started working. You’ve been everywhere. Yeah, that’s when I really started working with a lot of golfers was down in Austin. You know I worked. I partnered with some swing coaches. There’s some guys at a simulator place in Austin called Rock ROK, rock Golf. I met a lot of golfers there. Yeah, I partnered with the swing coaches and trade. I traded out them. I would do sessions with them, I would train them in the gym and then they would give me swing lessons.
– Jeff PelizzaroAwesome.
– Cody WescottLove it here.
– Jeff PelizzaroSo I was kind of I was kind of going through some of your podcasts and you know some of the topics on there really stuck out to me and you know there are questions that people have about you know what is golf training, how do you implement golf training, how does it help your golf swing? And one of the things that you had posed a question of is you know what’s a golf exercise versus what’s a golf drill? Can you break that down a little bit, because it’s kind of a gray area that I think people get confused and, you know, frankly, can be confusing for us coaches as well.
– Cody WescottOh yeah, I mean. So, yeah, you’re talking about the episode where I even asked my wife. I was like, hey, like please help me with like explaining this, because it is like very nuanced and like it can be kind of tricky to even explain this, so, yeah, so what I like to think about is like I work with the swing coach, right, he gives me a drill, that is, with a golf club in my hand, for my exact like swing issue. Right, and I think that you know that drill is much better served with a club in my hand. I don’t think I need to go try to turn that drill into grabbing a band or getting a kettle bell or something like that and try to make it into a fancy golf exercise, because it may not give me like enough like stimulus, right, like provide my body with like enough like reason, because we have the reason we exercise is that we give our body a reason to adapt to the exercise we’re doing, right, and recover and things like that. So if I’m taking this drill and like trying to turn it into an exercise, like make that exercise like might not be that stimulating to me, right, and it might not really just do a whole lot for my body. Like, it may not change my central nervous system, my ability, muscle, it might not gain mobility. It might, it’s, it’s going to.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, it’s like what’s most efficient, right, like what are you best spent? What’s your time best spent on? Is it actually working on the skill or is it trying to come up with a way to kind of mimic it? But, like you said, if it doesn’t really create the adaptation, it’s almost like am I just kind of making stuff up? That is kind of wasting my time, where I could be either doing that drill or I could be lifting heavy or lifting something that’s going to provide a little bit more of that adaptation.
– Cody WescottExactly so we can. You know, in social media we can kind of get ourselves in that trap, right, Because you know one of my, you know when you’re, I spent a lot of my time in big box gyms. You know what kind of listeners do you have? Like the other thing, I know what a big box gym is like.
– Jeff PelizzaroWe’re talking like a gold’s gym or like a plan of fitness or yeah, I would say most of the listeners are either kind of the 35 plus golfers or a lot of people in our industry medical pros, fitness pros, all kind of tied into the golf world as well.
– Cody WescottSo like a big box gym, like a gold’s well, a gold’s is a big company. They want to make money, right. So, like one of the things I’ll you know. So, as a trainer, as a fitness manager that I was you are there to make sales and one of the things the guy would tell me is like you know what? Hey, man, I know you’re here. When I was like a, when I was a new trainer, he was like hey, man, I know you’re here to like train people, help them out, like that’s whatever trainer wants. He was like, but you cannot train what you cannot obtain. So like you have to sell him.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, I remember talking to a golf fitness pro that most people listening to this would know who he is. I don’t want to share his name, but him telling me years ago, like you know, you got to give him a little bit of the golfiness, right, because that’s why they’re there. You got to do this. And he’s like, maybe that’s you working on a one legged deadlift kind of position, but maybe you do throw a golf club in their hand, maybe you do, you know, make it a little, a little golf ish, as Charlie Weingroff would say, but because that’s there to give them the buy-in and then you can.
– Cody WescottOh, absolutely, and you know it goes back. I mean, it’s not just with golf, right. I mean, when you know, a big chunk of my career was training people, the general population that wants to lose weight what do most people think they need to do to lose weight? Cardio or something like very high intensity, like get really sweaty. So you know, at the end of the workout, right like we’re like 45, 50, 55 minutes into an hour long workout, what do you need to hit them with? You know you got to get them, got to get them sweaty, because that’s what they want, Right, like there’s nothing wrong with that.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and I truly believe that if that person doesn’t really know what the intention of them, whatever exercise program it is that they’re doing, they won’t get that result because it’s not focused in on that, even if they’re maybe doing the same exercises as somebody else that’s there for that goal. There’s something about you know that whole mind-body connection, or just connecting with the purpose of it. That kind of makes you do the other little ancillary things that you don’t even think about to get you closer to that goal. So, speaking of that, one other podcast topic that you had on your show was the idea of gaining muscle. So you know, I think that, first of all, this demographic often thinks that gaining muscle is kind of in the past. You know the guys that are at 35, 40, 45 plus. But then, especially if you’re on a golf program, is it possible to still gain muscle while still helping your golf game?
– Cody WescottYeah, I mean I’m not going to say her flex on camera, but I think so. You know, a lot of it has to do with nutrition, right, like how you’re going, adequate protein, things like that to help you build lean tissue, right. But you know, when you progressively overload and you, you know, I think a lot of the. You know we used to think that muscle was built like mainly with volume, right, like high volume, like three sets of 10 or four sets of 10 was kind of like the name of the game and the bodybuilder world, right, those types of rep ranges to get adequate muscle hypertrophy. But you know, it’s just, it’s mechanical tension, and so you got to get in some hard reps, like in my, in my programs, I make sure to put in, you know, like RPE or like reps in reserve, like you know the rate of perceived exertion or reps in reserve, so that way you can get that, you know, close to failure, so that way you can build muscle mass right, and it’s going to look.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and the fact that when you do, or if you do, have a good amount of muscle mass, you can still move very well. You watch your golf swing. On some of your videos you crush a ball. I saw what it was 171 ball speed on the one. Just the one swing that I saw on the website.
– Cody WescottOh yeah.
– Jeff PelizzaroI’m like people think that big, strong, athletic-looking builds may not be able to move very well through a golf swing. But when you’re doing the right things, you’re training the right way and you’re not even though you know meet heads at heart even, but you know doing it the right way for the golf swing, you can still create a lot of movement and mobility and that athletic motion without suffering, even though you’re building muscle mass.
– Cody WescottYeah, and I think you know one of the topics I hammer on a lot is like is bodybuilding, because bodybuilding is popular and I think that’s what a lot of people just realize. I think that’s like the only way to train right. It’s like leg day, back day, chest day, stuff like that. Yeah, I think the common misconception out there is that like a bodybuilder, someone with a lot of muscle, is like not flexible or they’re not mobile. But I can show you tons of pictures online of like Roddy Coleman you know he is just massive man. Oh yeah, he can like do the splits Right.
– Jeff PelizzaroThere’s another point that you’ve made that I really like, and some of the coaches on that are listening to this may not love that we bring this up, but you say that you don’t need a personal trainer.
– Cody WescottRight Like yeah.
– Jeff PelizzaroSo let’s talk about that a little bit, because I’ve had conversations about this and this is coming from a guy that still works with a lot of people in the gym on a daily basis. I still do a lot of in-person training, but I think there’s a lot to be said for this statement of that people don’t need a personal trainer.
– Cody WescottYeah, so where do I begin with that?
– Jeff PelizzaroWherever you want man, Just let it run.
– Cody WescottYou’re not going to link my phone over on here. Are you Like people harassing?
– Jeff Pelizzarome. No, you’re just your social media.
– Cody WescottYeah, that’s fine, those are full of stuff anyways. Yeah, so I mean, I was a personal trainer for a long time. I still am, right, and I get it Like it’s a business, absolutely. But I always felt my job was to be an educator and not to like overly educate and talk, like you’ll probably notice, Like I don’t think I’ve said a very big word yet and I probably won’t, just because that’s not how I speak to people and I don’t speak that way to my clients, like I want to educate them, like here’s why we’re doing this, here’s how you need to do it, because everyone needs to do it differently, right, like everyone needs a squat, but you don’t have to back squat, but everyone should squat or split squat or whatever, and each person is going to do it differently just because of the way they move and the way their anatomy is, and so on and so forth. So my job is an educator and I always feel that you know that old saying like you can teach a man to fish all that you know, whatever. Yep, everyone knows how that goes. So I always feel like that was my job.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and I mean just to. To second that, there’s the accountability piece. Some people are just paying because they want. They want that meeting or you know that appointment on their calendar. They know I’ve got, I’ve got a guy, just like that. He’s like I know that I could do most of this myself, but I’m not going to do it by myself and having you on the calendar make sure that I do it to maybe three times a week.
– Cody WescottYeah, and you can group them together Like right, like if you had a couple of guys like I had a couple of guys that were kind of like that, like hey, I could probably do this on my own, and like I’m like, well, this other guy is doing pretty much the same thing you’re doing. Once you guys start working out together and then I trained them together. You know that was like one on two, so I might my other time opened up for someone else, and then now they do it on their own. And then I had a client. You know before that they’re my friends now. Um, you know she’s the.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and and back to your hospital hospitality background, like I think that’s where you know people that have have backgrounds and stuff like that. And you know my, my initial degree in school is psychology and I I feel like I got so much, so much out of my psychology degree compared to my physical therapy degree just with interacting with people and being able to do that because, face it, we’re like bartenders, we’re like, you know, hairdressers, where people come and, yeah, they’re doing their workouts, but some of it is it’s almost like just a session where they can just kind of let some things go, they can talk to us about stuff, and that can be just as beneficial as the workout that they get for real.
– Cody WescottYeah, I mean yeah, at the end of the day, we’re just trying to help people’s quality of life and help them play better golf too. And you know, like you know so great that it all just kind of works together. And yeah, like you know, they make like lifelong friends. Like I’m still. I still talk to these people, like actually they were in my most recent like video shoot that I did down in Austin and I called them up and say, hey, I need some, I need some subjects. You know like come, come, get in. Like you know, so it’s, it’s great.
– Jeff PelizzaroCool. All right, my man. Well, we’re going to close up with some questions that we ask everybody that comes on the ATL 18STRONG podcast. So I know you know that these are coming, first and foremost, Katie Shepard. Katie Shepard, happy Gilmore.
– Cody WescottYou know I love this question. Um didn’t one of the guys from catty shop recently die, sadly?
– Jeff Pelizzaroum. You know what I don’t know?
– Cody WescottAnyways, um, happy Gilmore. I mean I was born in 87. Happy Gilmore came out. You know I was still pretty young, but you know I love Adam Sandler. There’s people you had a clip of the wedding singer the other day. I thought it was hilarious. Like so I mean, yeah, adam Sandler, the Bob Barker fight. So yeah, happy Gilmore.
– Jeff PelizzaroAwesome. What would be your walkup song to the first T if you could pick one?
– Cody WescottYou know I love this question because I’m going to you know, so this wouldn’t be something I listened to. But I think when you walk up to the first T, right, you’re kind of like trying to get into other people’s heads, not just for you, right, it’s like right about this for a second. So I listened to. When I work I listen to heavy metal. So there’s never heard of a band called Lamb of God.
– Jeff PelizzaroNo.
– Cody WescottSo the song’s called limit limit, it’s called Lamigod or Lamigod’s name. The band songs called break you, and I probably don’t want to. You don’t want to play with like small children around it’s, it’s, you know, it’ll get you going. If you’re ready to lift heavy, like it’s just going to juice you up and blow your ear drums out.
– Jeff PelizzaroBut yeah, a little bit of a lot of metal. Okay, I love it. Is there a book that you have that you like to recommend to people, or a book that has really meant something to you over the years, that you tend to either give as a gift or recommend?
– Cody WescottYeah, I got it right here.
– Jeff PelizzaroNo, I was actually just going to ask what you’re reading, because you mentioned it.
– Cody WescottSo Stephen Bartley he’s got a pretty cool podcast on. He’s kind of got some interesting episodes as of late. But this is his the diary of a CEO, the 33 laws of business and life and I talked about it a second ago. Like one of the things he wanted. His laws is that you cannot change someone’s beliefs. So I’ve got to really think about that too when I’m programming exercises for people, right Is? I know there’s a lot of people that don’t believe, like, in doing a lot of barbell lifts, and there’s a lot of people that are diehard at the barbell lifting and don’t want to do anything else. So I mean, you’ve got to kind of figure out, like, how I can communicate to each camp.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, I’m definitely putting that one on my list. That sounds super interesting. It’s funny. The how to win friends and influence people. This is the second podcast in a row that that book has been mentioned, so that episode that’s coming out this week, as a matter of fact.
– Cody WescottOh, well then just cut it out and just have me put up the diaries.
– Jeff PelizzaroNo man. No, I love the repeat because it shows that it’s such an influential book and it has been around for so many years. And, yeah, that’s one of the ones that I read a long long time ago and has always stuck with me and have reread a couple of times as well. Awesome, all right, who would you put in your celebrity foursome if you got to pick four, four guy, three or four to go play golf with and you could, you know, spend time with past present doesn’t matter if they’re dead or alive. Who’s who’s in your foursome?
– Cody WescottSo another question like these are good questions, you did a good job on these.
– Jeff PelizzaroThank you.
– Cody WescottSo I’m a history buff like at heart, like I go to bed watching like World War II documentaries, so it’d be some like kind of famous you know world leader and like probably like an Abraham Lincoln at Winston Churchill, franklin Roosevelt, maybe Lyndon Johnson or Jai JFK, likei don’t know someone like that. One of those guys probably would suck at golf, but you know, maybe not Maybe one of them was pretty good, I don’t know.
– Jeff PelizzaroOh man, and can you imagine the trash talk between him and Jordan and the money being slung around?
– Cody WescottYeah, and then yeah, oh yeah. They even think about the group itself, Like I was thinking about, and me individually. You put each one of them but yeah, that’s a good point.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah, it’d be awesome. Yeah, you can go and tell.
– Cody WescottDave Lincoln like how to chip you know?
– Jeff Pelizzaroit’d be great he might have been a lefty, I don’t know, All right, if we could, if we had the 18STRONG Learjet fueled up. We’re like Cody we’re picking you up. You get to pick where we’re going. Where’s the bucket list course that we’re heading to today?
– Cody WescottYou know, I know you, you, it was the background. We can’t say August or St Andrews, so you know I I don’t know why I’ve like, I’m kind of like a gut like person, like if I just feel like I like something, then I’m just going to kind of like it, and I don’t know why. Kiowa maybe it’s because I was a Phil fan, I just like went nuts when he won the PGA a few years ago at Kiowa, but I don’t know something about that course just looks really fun. You know, I like the, I like the Carolina’s, like I think that’s a cool area of the of the world, of the country. So yeah, I don’t know why, like Kiowa, like kind of draws me you know the ocean course, of course, but yeah.
– Jeff PelizzaroCool. What’s a social media account that you follow that you think the 18STRONG crew would be interested in following as well? Doesn’t have to be golf, doesn’t have to be fitness, could be anything.
– Cody WescottOh man, now that you said that to be fitness or anything.
– Jeff PelizzaroAnd you can give. You can give a couple if you want.
– Cody WescottYeah, I think you’re learning a lot to give a, I like to give a few I definitely a minnow of insulins and biolane. They are a couple of people that, because I do like I’m again like I’m always trying to think all of us are like trying to like push the envelope and what we’re doing here and like how we can create the best, like golf, in this program for people and I think there’s still a lot to be learned about what we can do and I think we and I don’t know if there’s I don’t know of any active studies of like a golf performance, but you can find a lot of studies on other types of human performance and like other ways of training. So, like these two guys like biolane is more of like a nutrition guy minnow, he kind of breaks down a lot of like the training stuff and they kind of break down studies and if you subscribe to them you can also, like you know, view their like synopsis of of how they broke down the study, because, like I’ve tried to read some of these you know like PubMed studies and I’m not smart enough. Like it’s just, it’s so long, it’s confusing, like so I need guys like that. They did just give me the information right, and then I can turn around and give it to someone else. So I really like that when it comes like programming with people and how I’m going to keep like pushing the envelope and the programs that I write, and then I have you, have you heard of a goob?
– Jeff PelizzaroIt’s Tread with caution.
– Cody WescottYeah, and then he also like goes into other stuff too. But yeah, okay, yeah.
– Jeff PelizzaroCause I know so. So bioling Lee Norton, you know he he does a little bit of that. So if you’re saying this is you know he just kind of calls people out on their BS, right, but this sounds like it’s a whole, it’s a whole different level of you know, kind of investigating and and bringing people to light, yeah, and then you know and then he’ll like you know the finding people that have like fraudulent followers, like I think that’s pretty big in our space too.
– Cody WescottIt’s like competition is fine, right, like other people in our space fitness, golf, fitness, whatever it is like he doesn’t like exposing one of the golf fitness space. I’m not calling out like anyone in our little group here, but you know it’s it’s it’s competition as fair cheating is not.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah.
– Cody WescottSo if you’re, if you’re showing like the hey, my accounts of this and I’m doing on this grade and you’re really not like it’s, it’s wrong.
– Jeff PelizzaroYeah, false advertising. Yeah, for sure. All right, man. Last question what’s the best piece of golf advice that you’ve ever been given?
– Cody WescottYou know. So the only piece I ever got for like years was keep your left arm straight. And when I got my first golf lesson the guy was like man, you really keep that left arm straight, don’t you? But but no, and then I think lately I’m kind of talking with what why we talked earlier. I have a client who’s a really good golfer, club champ Southern Hills, and we’ve kind of talked about this whole like, and one of the things he said to me one day was play golf, not golf swing, right, and I don’t hit a draw very well, I cut the ball, I can hit it straight Well, sometimes you know, not all in command, I’m not a pro, but I don’t hit draws very well.
– Jeff PelizzaroJust see the ball and smack it.
– Cody WescottJust hit the ball. Just hit the little white ball.
– Jeff PelizzaroJust do it Awesome. All right, my man, this was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to watching your content. Continue to build and grow and the train heavy swing fast program. It looks there you go again. Yeah, you know, looks awesome. So, guys, make sure you go check out Cody Wescott and it’s where’s the best place for them to follow you Instagram, right?
– Cody WescottAnd you know I love YouTube. I think YouTube is a super high value, but, yeah, instagram is my biggest platform. So, but, cody Wescott, golf anywhere, I’m on everything. So whatever your cup of tea is, I’ll be there.
– Jeff PelizzaroAwesome, brother. Really appreciate you being here and I know the 18STRONG crew is going to go check you out and we’ll be in touch soon. I appreciate it. Thanks for having me, thanks for listening to the 18STRONG podcast and if you found this episode helpful, don’t forget to share with your friends. And, of course, go follow us over on Instagram at 18STRONG. Thanks again. We’ll catch up with you next week. Train hard, practice smart and play better golf.
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Guest: Cody Wescott (Founder Cody Wescott Golf)Host: Jeff PelizzaroEpisode Number: 368Podcast: The 18STRONG PodcastPartners: Linksoul, 1stPhorm
Summary
Join me as I welcome Cody Wescott from Cody Wescott Golf and the Swing Heavy Lift Fast Program to the show for an insightful discussion that’s sure to up your golf game and fitness routine. We kick things off by exploring the relationship between strength training and golf performance, as Cody shares his candid take on traditional weightlifting versus golf-specific training. We dig into the essence of crafting an effective workout that balances what you enjoy and what truly benefits your game, while Cody challenges the idea of personal trainers and their impact on a golfer’s progress.
Listen in as we tackle the multifaceted nature of golf training, focusing on the harmony of mobility, strength, and power. We break down his holistic approach to athlete development, as seen in his “Lift Every Swing Fast” program, which has successfully been adopted by numerous golfers. Cody and I also touch upon the often-overlooked importance of cardiovascular health for recovery, endurance, and the enjoyment of golf well into one’s later years. The inspiring story of Tony, an 85-year-old fitness enthusiast, serves as a powerful reminder that it’s never too late to embrace an active lifestyle.
The conversation shifts to the nuances between golf exercises and drills, emphasizing the importance of selecting the right methods to enhance your game. We address how gym workouts should complement, not replace, swing drills, and the potential pitfalls of following fitness trends on social media. As we delve into muscle building and mobility, I underscore the evolution of muscle-building philosophies and the significance of nutrition in supporting both body composition and performance. Don’t miss this episode packed with practical advice and personal insights that could transform your approach to golf and fitness.
Cody Wescott
Cody’s journey in the fitness world spans decades, covering everything from bodybuilding and powerlifting to crossfit and pilates.
Today, his primary focus is on training golfers, treating them like the athletes they truly are.
His mission is straightforward: help golfers navigate the fitness landscape, finding the right training approach for their goals – without all the BS.
Cody’s philosophy is his motto, the namesake of his flagship program, “Lift Heavy, Swing Fast.” His program has impacted hundreds of athletes globally, helping them look, play, and feel their best for the long haul.
Main Topics
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Nature’s impact on golf performance, incorporating fitness, traditional weight training, and the role of personal trainers.
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Effective golf training programs include total body workouts, targeted mobility exercises, and strategic speed and power work.
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Cardio and resistance training in golf improve recovery, performance, and longevity, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing health in mid-life.
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An 85-year-old man’s dedication to fitness, my sports background, and struggles with drugs and alcohol.
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Golf exercises and drills have different purposes, with gym exercises complementing but not replacing them. Social media can influence fitness trends.
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Nature’s muscle-building philosophy, RPE and Reps in Reserve, nutrition, golf-specific training, and maintaining muscle mass for efficient golf swing.
Follow Cody Wescott
Instagram: @codywescottgolf
Website: CodyWescottgolf.com
Links Mentioned
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Diary of a CEO: The 33 Laws of Business – Steven Bartlett
@BioLayne
@Goob_u2
@menno.henselmans
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0:00:04 – Jeff PelizzaroThe 18STRONG Podcast, episode number 368, with Cody Wescott from Cody Wescott, golf. What’s up guys? Welcome back to the 18STRONG Podcast, where we’re here to help you build a stronger game, because we believe that every golfer deserves to play better, longer. And this week we have Cody Wescott from Cody Wescott Golf and the Swing Heavy Lift Fast Program. This episode is a fun one for me because this is the first time I get to meet Cody and talk about the growth that he’s had, first of all in social media in the golf and fitness world, and I think he’s one of the guys putting out some of the best content when it comes to education in the golf and fitness world and really taking a no BS attitude and laying on what’s going to make your program most optimal. Is traditional weight training? Is traditional strength training good for your golf game? Yeah, it can be, but is it optimal for what you’re wanting to do and what your goals are in the gym? So we have some great conversations about what that looks like, what you want to do, what are the things that you want to put into your program simply because you like them, and what are the things you need to put in there because they’re going to work. And then we talk about a couple topics that Cody’s been pretty hard lined on, and that’s the difference between golf exercises and golf drills. Where is that crossover and where is the separation? And are you doing golf exercises or golf drills and are they really being effective in your training program? And then, lastly, we touch on a bit of a sensitive topic for probably a lot of the listeners of this show, for those of you that are coaches and trainers. But talking to the golfers out there, cody discusses why you may not need a personal trainer and why that actually might be detracting from your goals and detracting from your results, and we go have a great conversation around that. So you’re going to really enjoy this episode of the 18STRONG Podcast.
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0:02:49 – Cody WescottHey, thanks for having me.
0:02:50 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, for sure, man. So this is really fun to finally get to connect with you. I’ve been following your stuff on social media for a while and one of the cool things and we just had a couple other people on recently and, I said, one of the cool things about what we do at the podcast here cool things for me is being able to connect with people like you, that I really respect the way that you’re putting your content out, the content that you’re putting out. So, first of all, just keep doing what you’re doing, because I love watching it and I learned stuff from when I’m watching your content and I know that our crew is too.
So I’m excited to have you on.
0:03:21 – Cody WescottYeah, man, thank you so much. I mean the content game, social media has been such a game changer. I think you know I’ve listened to your show a few times, so I know I’m not alone when I say that Like it really has just like opened so many doors Because I’ve been doing, you know, the fitness thing for a long time and just when you consistently start posting content, like things happen for you that I never thought would happen. So it’s really cool. Like I’ve been on you know, someone’s podcast. Like you know, if you were to go, I never would have thought about this. So this is really cool.
0:03:50 – Jeff PelizzaroWhen did your? Is Instagram your biggest platform as far as your social media content? For sure, when did that really kind of take off for you?
0:03:57 – Cody WescottYou know.
So I was a trainer for, like you know, 12 years before I ever like made a post about my services, right, so? But I think it was summer 2022 is when I started posting about every single day, because I was in an environment down in a gym down in Jupiter, where, like that was pretty much what everybody was doing is like that was like bigger part of our job was actually like creating social media content, and that’s when I started doing it every single day. And then I think you know, the thing is like I didn’t. It took me forever to like get up and going. I mean, I think I made. I think I posted like 90 days in a row before I got like a thousand followers, you know. So, like you know, I get like 12 likes on a post or something like that. So it was a little discouraging, but I was like you know what? Like I think it’s one of those things that you just keep trying and work hard and put out good stuff. It’s eventually going to catch on, and so that’s what I did. I just kept going, kept going, and I want to say it was probably like right around like holiday season, so probably like Thanksgiving of 2022, you know, probably like almost like six months into the thing, I got to 10,000 followers and then that’s.
I don’t know if it starts like kind of snowballing or if the algorithm like kind of catches on and people are watching your stuff and then, but that, that first 10 was super hard and then now I think we’re you know what, like 14 months later, I’m at like 70,000.
And that’s been really cool. Just because you know, when you’re a personal trainer, you are pretty limited on how many people you can work one on one with, right, or how many people you can really make a change for Cause I’ve done group fitness before too, where you’re coaching like 40, 50 people at once. But you know, as a personal trainer, if you’re super busy I mean, if you’re talking about doing 30, 40 sessions a week that is a very, very busy personal trainer, right. And you have, you know, people doing two or three sessions a week like what are you looking at? You may have? You might have like 10 to 12 to 15 clients, really right. So for me to go from that on a weekly basis, like I’m only touching like 12, 15 people, to reaching thousands has been like really gratifying and a lot of fun too.
0:06:05 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, when? When did you kind of shift out of the the in-person training role, cause I know you said you really just work with, I think, a single client in person. The rest is pretty much online.
0:06:15 – Cody WescottYeah, it’s all on my app. Now why use trainer rogue? But you know I have my programming on their app. It’s been since I moved back to Oklahoma. I moved back here in December of 2022. I moved back here and I was still doing some zoom sessions. So I’m still doing one on one. But now, yeah, for the past like I think about 12 months I’ve had just one guy that I trained a person and the rest is I’ve got some. I’ve got people that I’ve been doing one on one programming for for years now. But now I just put all my time into creating the programming on the app.
0:06:54 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, it looks great. We’ll be sure to link all this stuff up in the show notes as well, so you guys can go and check out the website, check out the app. You know everything, everything about looks really good. You know like it just kind of draws the eye in your content is great. As far as just really pointing out the, the no BS right, which I think is really one of the big messages that you, that you have, is like hey, don’t do the silly stuff. Here’s the way are here, here are ways for you to really get to where you want to go with your, your golf, with your fitness. And you know, one thing I wanted to ask you about, which is a message that continually goes through your content is not training the old way you used to train. You know it hasn’t gotten you where you want to go yet, so why are you continuing to do it? Expand on that a little bit.
0:07:42 – Cody WescottYeah, that’s been, that’s been a topic that’s done pretty well for me lately. So you kind of catch onto things that people kind of believe in in what you’re saying more right Cause, like that is like a truly like authentic thing for me is like I have literally experienced every possible image or every type of fitness that is out there. Right, so like I feel like I can speak to that Right Like. So I’ve done CrossFit, I’ve done bodybuilding, I’ve done powerlifting, I did Spartan races, I raced high rocks. My wife used to teach yoga. I’ve done yoga. She also taught Pilates. I’ve done Pilates. Like I’ve literally we her and I co taught a boxing class together. So I mean I’ve done like pretty much everything in fitness and I’ve also ran gyms. I was a regional fitness manager in Washington DC. I ran three gyms. Like when I tell you like that I have pretty much done everything that normal people in fitness can do, like I’ve done it.
So now, like my thing is that I don’t think that any method of training is necessarily bad. Right Like. So for golf, that is like, so like I don’t think that anything that’s going to get you in better shape, like you know whether it increases your, maybe you’re doing like a orange theory. Right, it’s going to increase your endurance, you know it’s going to make you a little stronger. You know stuff like that. But any kind of workout program CrossFit, bodybuilding, whatever it is that gets you in better shape.
I think it can help the game of golf, now. What I always tell people is like is that optimal for the game of golf? And my answer for some of that stuff is no, like I don’t think that training like a bodybuilder is going to help you play your best. You know can it. Is it going to be better than you sitting on the couch every single day? And will it help you play better?
If you go train like a bodybuilder? Probably because you’re getting stronger and you get more mobile, you’re going to be pretty sore, so it might suck to go practice that next day or something. If you just wrecked your pecs or something and your chest and your shoulders. You know that might suck, but you know when you recover from that your chest is going to be stronger and more flexible and and so, yeah, that could help you play golf. But you know I’m here for getting athletes to perform at their best and I think what’s interesting about golf is that it’s a very unique game, right. It requires mobility, strength and power, and each one of those pro, whatever program you do out there might give you a little bit of one of those things. Right, but if we do a golf program, we can have it all.
0:10:06 – Jeff PelizzaroSo what do you feel is kind of the secret sauce of Hitting all of those boxes in a program and not going too far in one direction? Because I feel like we can definitely get into the mindset, or many of the golfers can get in the mindset, of oh, I just got to work on my mobility, or I got, I just got to work on my speed, or I’m going to get stronger, or you know how, how have you found to really tie those things together and, like you said, really become more of an athlete when you’re in the gym?
0:10:33 – Cody WescottRight, and you know you think about, like, could you put all that stuff into a workout? You can, right, Like it can be a long workout, but you know, yeah, and how much juice is the average person going to have at the end of a 90 minute session or something like that, right? So I think, yeah, we got to be pretty strategic about how we do it. I like to give people total body workouts, right? So, as opposed to doing a bodybuilding split and yeah, I think you know you can put in, you know, targeted mobility work that also is going to prepare you, like, you know, prime you up for the workout that you’re about to do. You can put in a few reps of like, maybe it’s a plio’s, like, you know, jumps, maybe it’s a couple of mid-ball slams. I like to do the sled, you know, whatever it is that that person has available, maybe it’s just bands, maybe they you know whatever they have available do something that’s pretty fast. And I have to do that, you know, right after your warm up, your mobility, so that where you’re touching on some speed and I don’t think you know you need to do a whole lot of it, right, like, I think speed is, you know a pretty low, low volume, right, like we’re talking like a couple of sets, you know two, three sets, one to three sets, actually, right, and then that lower rep range and then hitting a couple of our compound movements and I really try to get people to do like two to three to four sessions a week and then I’ll put in like my, like my um, in my app.
I have, like I call them our main workouts. They’re Monday, wednesday, friday, we’re going to the workouts going to be structured kind of like I just described, and then, like on Tuesdays, I have them just do like mobility and zone to cardio. Um, saturday is more of like an interval style, like hit training, so that we can kind of get it a little bit, little bit heart rate up a little bit higher, come back down, recover, um, things like that, and it’s still going to have some mobility at the beginning of that workout too. So I like to, that’s how I like to do it and it’s worked really well.
Um, and, like you know, I kind of just took it all from every facet of training I’ve ever done and like just kind of okay, like you know, it doesn’t make sense, it just makes sense, right, like once you become, when you’re a trainer and you know what’s up, it’s like okay, you can’t put this power at the end because you’re going to be dead. I don’t put mobility at the end because it’s like it can be paired with a warmup, like so you just, it just makes sense and I think it’s really worked well for me and for the um, the hundreds of athletes now that that that are on board with a lift every swing fast. So we continue to appreciate it for everyday training and what it’s like to do sport.
0:12:46 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, that’s awesome. I love the name, by the way. Oh, it’s great. Just straight to the point, right.
0:12:51 – Cody WescottI got the trademark, by the way, did you really, hell yeah?
0:12:55 – Jeff PelizzaroNice, you should have for sure. Yeah, for those of you that aren’t watching on YouTube, he’s got the neon sign. He’s in his podcast studio too, which he’s got the shooting straight podcast that he does with his wife, so definitely check that out. We’ll link that in the show notes as well.
0:13:08 – Cody WescottAppreciate that.
0:13:09 – Jeff PelizzaroBut yeah, I mean just the breakdown of that, of that. You’re right, it just seems to make sense. I like how you then have like something on Saturday too, where it almost gives them a little bit of variety too, probably as far as the conditioning stuff, how much conditioning do you think golfers need, and is that something they need? Is that something that they want? Is that something that you like to throw in there?
0:13:30 – Cody WescottThat’s a great question. I love how you word this Something neat or something they want, right, like that’s what they come to us for, right, jeff? It’s like I’m going to tell you what you need, like, do you really want to do this? I hope so. I hope I’m going to get you to buy in and believe what I’m saying and you’re going to get excited and want to do it right, like, yeah, but yeah, so need.
I mean I love zone two cardio. That has become like my really my big thing lately is going to keep on to that heart rate zone and you know, if you’re listeners out there, you can just simply like kind of Google zone two cardio and you can quickly figure out what heart rate you need to be in to get into zone two. But golf is long, right, I mean if you’re talking, you know people don’t talk. They think that golf is, like you know, taxing, and they’re right, it’s not. It’s not. You’re not playing a football game, you’re not playing a basketball game, so it’s not taxing in that way. But yeah, you’re out there for a while, I mean if you go warm up and if it’s slow, I mean we’re talking. Like my wife says, I’m out there all day right and she’s not. She’s not wrong.
Like you know you know, right, like, if I go warm up for an hour, do my routine and just cause I like it, you know I don’t think you need warm up for an hour, but I like you know I work. I warm up in my gym first, not going to my club I putt, I chip because I just love it, um, and then you know you play and you know what. How long could you be out there? Six hours, right Easy.
You’re up there standing, walking around shipping, putting hitting drivers, like, yeah, I think endurance plays a bigger role than people probably want it to want it to be, because I don’t think people love working on their cardio and working on their uh, vo2 max and their um, aerobic conditioning and all that kind of stuff. But I think it plays a huge role and it also plays a pretty good role in in how you’re going to recover and how you’re going to perform in your own workouts. Right, Like you’re. If you’re a better condition, you know, like a, like a heavy set of squats or presses or whatever it is that you’re going to do, like it’s going to help you recover in between those sets too, um, so then you’re able to get stronger and then, um, recovery and your power. Workouts like it benefits everything.
0:15:20 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, you know what that’s a great point that I think is overlooked is is the recovery piece of it and how that you don’t necessarily have to be conditioning yourself for the sport itself when you’re out on the golf course, and that is definitely going to help you. We we just talked to Mitch Sadoski recently talking about how golf is an explosive sport, but it’s also an endurance sport, especially if you’re a high level golf and you’re playing four days in a row. But, from the recovery aspect of during your workouts and from day to day, being in in better cardiovascular shape is absolutely going to help you improve from from set to set, from rep to rep and from tournament day to tournament day and practice session to practice session.
0:15:57 – Cody WescottSo that’s that’s awesome and, and you know, like you know, there’s so many studies out there that prove that. You know, resistance training, cardiovascular training, are like the pillars of longevity, right, and we all want to do this living well thing for a long time and we want to play golf for a long time, Like I want to play golf when I’m a hundred, you know, like, and I think we all do so. You know, if cardiovascular health is going to help me get there, then I better do, I better be doing it.
0:16:25 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah, it doesn’t all have to be about you know, from shot to shot, what you’re doing on the golf course, and that’s the piece that I think do myself Most of the professionals in our industry yeah, we want you to lower your handicap, we want you to swing faster, we want you to hit the ball further and straighter, but ultimately, I’d love to see you play another 10, 20, 30, 40 years and do it well too, right? Not not just be out there kind of dinking it around, but be the guy that’s out there in his seventies and eighties and people like Holy cow, can you imagine or can you believe that this guy’s out here doing it? So yeah, that’s who.
0:16:57 – Cody WescottI want to be right and like.
That’s who I want everyone else to be.
You know it kills me when I’m out of my club and you know I play with one guy who’s like I’m 37 and he’s like I think he’s almost 50.
He’s a pretty good shape, plays really well. And then some of the guys we play with, you know they’re they’re getting a little older, I think that you know they’re in their sixties and you know their their health is, you know they’re overweight, like their their body’s starting to break down a little bit, their back hurts and, you know, sadly, I think they think that they’re going to turn it around somewhere, right, and I’m just like it breaks my heart and I’m like, if you don’t do anything about it, right, like it’s not going to match, you’re not going to get out of a slump right now. Like you know, at 65 years old, I’m sorry, like, unless we like get you moving better and drop some weight and get you stronger and maybe make you faster, like I don’t think it’s going to go up or even plateau, right, like we’re, it’s going to start sliding back and we don’t want that, sadly.
0:17:56 – Jeff PelizzaroAnd yeah, and that’s a message that I wish the 35 year olds could hear and project forward right or the 25 year olds, 30, 35, 40, when we tend to get in this, this area of you know raising kids and being at a desk job or whatever your career path is, your family life is we tend to neglect those things, we tend to neglect ourselves, and then you turn into that 65 year old that is still kind of hoping that things will turn around, but it’s like no, the time is now. You got to start doing this stuff Now. Even if you start very simple, right, you start with just some mobility stuff and just getting into the gym a little bit. So that message rings true.
0:18:34 – Cody WescottOh yeah, I mean I had a guy worked at a country club in Alexandria, virginia, just right across the Potomac River from Washington DC had a guy mid 80s, you know like 85 years old, his name was Tony. He came in, he worked his ass off, slammed the ball around, I got him on the TRX and did some jump squats and stuff at 85 years old and that man got out there and you know he felt better than ever and so I mean it’s not too, you know. So my message is like yeah, it’s definitely not too late, and like you know people that are around my age or even a little bit younger, like you know, it’s going to be there one day. So you know, don’t let it catch you off guard.
0:19:10 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah, be like Tony no.
0:19:12 – Cody WescottTony crushes it. Tony’s got a bitch named after him out there. He’s like oh no, bridge, not a bitch, excuse me.
0:19:17 – Jeff PelizzaroAnd he’s like oh yeah, when I’m gone.
0:19:19 – Cody WescottThey’re going to tear that bridge down. I’m like no, not Tony, it’s a great bridge. Like it’s not going anywhere, I use that bridge.
0:19:25 – Jeff PelizzaroLove it.
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So what kind of sports did you play when you’re growing up. Obviously you’re very fit, obviously you’re in the fitness industry, but I assume you played some sports back in the day. And then I want to know what changed as far as your training mentality and how you’ve transitioned yourself into, because I saw on the website that you’ve really amped up your game quite a bit recently too.
0:20:52 – Cody WescottYeah, so I mean, growing up I played baseball, basketball. I had a lot of, you know, I had some things happen when I was a kid, some some, some things with my family that really got me distracted For a little while. I think I had the talent, to be honest with you, to play, like you know, after high school and all that kind of stuff, but I just got distracted and I, you know, did some other things that people shouldn’t do. That was a big part of my life. I thought about that on my podcast was like I struggled with drugs and alcohol and things like that in my youth and even in my 20s, but I really found solace in the weight room, like when I was in high school. So, like you know, I’m 37, I’ve been working out since, like I was a freshman at high school. So we’re talking, like you know, 20-something years ago, right, and I just found a love for working out, right, like just lifting weights and I remember just working out with some of my buddies and I just felt it different. Like you know, as soon as I like did call it a bicycle curl for ease, right, I said, buy some curl. And they’re always like man, I can tell in your face that you feel that you know what you’re doing Like, and I just naturally figured it out. And then so I started like training them, you know, to try to get them like learn how to do this stuff.
I’d be ripping pages out and muscle fitness magazines I mean, you know, this is 27 years ago I didn’t really, I didn’t have a smartphone to have Google Like. I just went to the store and I took my ripped up muscle fitness magazines of Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman and took those into the gym. And then our winter ending coach she was like in his 80s coached a tola and he just yelled at me he’s like don’t do that, you know you’re going to break your arm, like whatever you know. So and I’d be teaching my buddies. I remember this one time I had my buddy come in and the weight room was right right outside the basketball core and I was having us do walking lunges up and down the core and my buddy I don’t know if he ever worked out again his life because he was so sore Like after that maybe he’s never worked out again, but yeah.
So I just really found you know, the weight room to be like my place and so, like I, when I was in high school, like I had some weightlifting records for my weight class, which was very light back then, because I’m only like five, six, I was like five, four back then like 120 pounds Almost. I think I almost did like a 400 pound deadlift back then I was able to do like 70 unbroken dips, like you know. It was cool stuff. So I was very, very into that back then. You know so. But then you know I didn’t like go to school for it or anything. You know I’m from Oklahoma. You know, when I I don’t remember like people like being into fitness, like you know, I went to the gym like it wasn’t a personal trainer back then there was no one. I went to the gym. The guy owned it like he would kind of help you out and like his son was around, but like no, there was no trainer. Like there was.
This wasn’t a career, you know, I didn’t think it was. So I actually ended up in the restaurant business. I was waiting tables. It was like one of my jobs, you know and I went to the guidance counselor and she’s like, well, what do you like to do? I was like I like to work out and I wait table. She’s like, well, you know, we got a great like hospitality program. You know, I wish she would have been like hey, why don’t you get into this like exercise, science or something you know? But hey, hindsight, 20, 20, it all worked out pretty well for me. But so I was in the referral business for a long time and I actually think that really helped me and be where I am today, because they develop a ton of skills Like, if you’ve ever, have you ever worked in the referral business?
0:24:09 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah. You know, bus tables and all kinds of stuff.
0:24:13 – Cody WescottYeah, you know. So, like I was a manager, like you know so. But anyways, and then I was at a gym working out, just like before my shift at work, and the guy comes up and he’s like the fitness manager said hey man, do you want to be a personal trainer? And I was like, okay. I was like, how do I do that? He was like, oh, just get the certification and you know, we’ll set you up with clients. I was like, oh, yeah, those are the golds of Jim. You know, like five years ago. And so, yeah, then I quit doing the restaurant business. I got all into fitness and you know so, back then, you know, like all I really knew how to do was like bodybuilding and powerlifting, like that’s really all I knew. How to lift heavy, I knew how to like get big, that was it. And but then when you get your first client, you know you’re like I’m not going to pay to come see you once a week. I’m like, what are you going to do with them? Am I going to have you do chest day? And then what are you going to do in the next like four? And then what am I going to do next week? I’m going to have you do leg beer. You know, by the end of the month we’re going to give all one month split, yeah, like, so you had to change, you had to figure it out. And I was like, okay, well, this isn’t sustainable for most people. What do we need to do?
And I remember my very first fitness manager was wrote down on a piece of paper and this like kind of changed my life. He wrote down he’s like lower core upper, and I was like simple enough, right, and that was like my first like exposure into, like just very basic, like we all know this now, right, but like back then like I didn’t really know. And so, yeah, then I started kind of evolving that it’s like, okay, how can I get people the biggest bank for their buck? How can we get the most results on like once a week, okay, and then some people do twice a week. How can we get a big bank for their buck? Like, what is it going to be?
And most people you know we’re talking about general population people, right, like what do they want? They want to lose weight, right, but I don’t control what they put in their mouth, so how do I keep them happy? And it’s like, okay, let’s start focusing on performance Right, and that’s where I’ve so, like a long time ago, I really figured out that to make someone happy and so I get them to continue on this journey, it’s got to be performance based Right, like. But I want to help someone lose weight, then I’ve got to really talk about nutrition. So that’s like where the whole like training for performance thing like really really started for me, like early on in my personal training career, and then I just met people along the way that you know. At the time I didn’t realize they were basically my mentors, but they were guys that like taught me like even more about like strength training and stuff like that.
0:26:31 – Jeff PelizzaroSo did you start working with a lot of athletes at that time period, or was it just more general population that you know wanted to have some sort of performance based training in some capacity?
0:26:41 – Cody WescottYeah, so it was. They didn’t know they were. They wanted performance based training.
That’s what that’s like when I, you know, like a minute ago it was like what do they want, what do they need? I’m like, well, here’s, you know what you want, what do they need to get there, right? So like, let’s just get you stronger, that’s going to help your quality of life. So like, yeah, at first, like my first, probably three years into the business, right, like I, just general population people, right People, everyday people want to get stronger, injured, you know, wanted to lose weight, just live a better quality of life. And then you know I love golf and I really wanted to, you know, dive into golfers. And so NASM, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, where I got my personal pay or certification and had a golf certification. Did you ever see that? You know? Yeah, yeah.
0:27:27 – Jeff PelizzaroI didn’t go through it, but I remember that coming out.
0:27:28 – Cody WescottYeah, so I did that. I think that was like in 2015. I did that and then I found a few golfers in the gym and like just kind of like begged them to let me like do some stuff, because they weren’t really into training. But I knew because but we had talked about golf before they didn’t want to really want to pay for training. I was like I don’t really care, like just kind of let me try some of this stuff on you. And they just, like you know because, because in Washington this is in I was living in Washington DC at the time that this happened and if you’re familiar with Washington DC, it’s like it’s not a really commuter friendly city.
Like you know, it’s tough to go play golf. Like I didn’t have a, I didn’t even have a car. So, like, I took the subway, you know. So like and yeah, we did golf simulator places weren’t really popular back then. Well, like they are now I mean, this is only like seven years ago, but, oh shit, no Longer than that, yeah, it’s 2024, but anyways, they weren’t as accessible. So, like you know, to go play golf I had to literally get on a subway, a bus, and then, you know, or take an Uber and no one really wants to do that Right. So that’s my first like exposure into golfers and I just learned more and more along the way, like doing TPI and all that stuff, to get to where I am now, to where I’m just training or just writing programs for golf.
0:28:39 – Jeff PelizzaroRight. And then you, you just recently how long ago did you move back to Oklahoma again After you were down in Jupiter?
0:28:46 – Cody WescottYes, I mean with Washington DC in 2015, I know 2014 and then moved from. I moved all around. Then we went from Washington DC, my wife and I. Then we moved from there to Austin, texas. That’s when I really started working. You’ve been everywhere. Yeah, that’s when I really started working with a lot of golfers was down in Austin. You know I worked. I partnered with some swing coaches. There’s some guys at a simulator place in Austin called Rock ROK, rock Golf. I met a lot of golfers there. Yeah, I partnered with the swing coaches and trade. I traded out them. I would do sessions with them, I would train them in the gym and then they would give me swing lessons.
Oh, nice For a sweet deal, and then then we moved back to Washington DC, Then we moved down to Jupiter, Florida, and now we’re here. So then, back I’m called what they call it boomerang, since I left and came back. So back here. Yeah, been back here a little over a year.
0:29:43 – Jeff PelizzaroAwesome.
0:29:44 – Cody WescottLove it here.
0:29:45 – Jeff PelizzaroSo I was kind of I was kind of going through some of your podcasts and you know some of the topics on there really stuck out to me and you know there are questions that people have about you know what is golf training, how do you implement golf training, how does it help your golf swing? And one of the things that you had posed a question of is you know what’s a golf exercise versus what’s a golf drill? Can you break that down a little bit, because it’s kind of a gray area that I think people get confused and, you know, frankly, can be confusing for us coaches as well.
0:30:16 – Cody WescottOh yeah, I mean. So, yeah, you’re talking about the episode where I even asked my wife. I was like, hey, like please help me with like explaining this, because it is like very nuanced and like it can be kind of tricky to even explain this, so, yeah, so what I like to think about is like I work with the swing coach, right, he gives me a drill, that is, with a golf club in my hand, for my exact like swing issue. Right, and I think that you know that drill is much better served with a club in my hand. I don’t think I need to go try to turn that drill into grabbing a band or getting a kettle bell or something like that and try to make it into a fancy golf exercise, because it may not give me like enough like stimulus, right, like provide my body with like enough like reason, because we have the reason we exercise is that we give our body a reason to adapt to the exercise we’re doing, right, and recover and things like that. So if I’m taking this drill and like trying to turn it into an exercise, like make that exercise like might not be that stimulating to me, right, and it might not really just do a whole lot for my body. Like, it may not change my central nervous system, my ability, muscle, it might not gain mobility. It might, it’s, it’s going to.
It could just end up in no man’s land, right, where, as I’d be much better off just taking his drill with the golf club and doing it a thousand times like he told me to do. Right, instead of like, oh, let me get here, let me grab this band, or let me get a million of the other toys that I had to play with. And try to like, oh, here, what if I, you know, help my, you know, get in my pit depth? What if I do this and grab this kettle bell, but with this band, and you know?
But the thing is like, is that again? Is that stuff bad? Like, is it better than getting up off the couch? Absolutely Right. So I think, like, do what I need to do in the gym to make me more mobile, strong, you know, and powerful, right, instead of just messing up his drill that he gave me. If that makes like, yeah, so it’s very nuanced. But like, yeah, I think if you, if you take it out of context and try to turn in something that it shouldn’t be, it could be a problem.
0:32:20 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, it’s like what’s most efficient, right, like what are you best spent? What’s your time best spent on? Is it actually working on the skill or is it trying to come up with a way to kind of mimic it? But, like you said, if it doesn’t really create the adaptation, it’s almost like am I just kind of making stuff up? That is kind of wasting my time, where I could be either doing that drill or I could be lifting heavy or lifting something that’s going to provide a little bit more of that adaptation.
0:32:46 – Cody WescottExactly so we can. You know, in social media we can kind of get ourselves in that trap, right, Because you know one of my, you know when you’re, I spent a lot of my time in big box gyms. You know what kind of listeners do you have? Like the other thing, I know what a big box gym is like.
0:33:02 – Jeff PelizzaroWe’re talking like a gold’s gym or like a plan of fitness or yeah, I would say most of the listeners are either kind of the 35 plus golfers or a lot of people in our industry medical pros, fitness pros, all kind of tied into the golf world as well.
0:33:16 – Cody WescottSo like a big box gym, like a gold’s well, a gold’s is a big company. They want to make money, right. So, like one of the things I’ll you know. So, as a trainer, as a fitness manager that I was you are there to make sales and one of the things the guy would tell me is like you know what? Hey, man, I know you’re here. When I was like a, when I was a new trainer, he was like hey, man, I know you’re here to like train people, help them out, like that’s whatever trainer wants. He was like, but you cannot train what you cannot obtain. So like you have to sell him.
Or now, in the day of social media, we have to like bring them in somehow. And usually the way you catch a golfer’s attention right is not by doing a 405 pound barbell back squat. It’s going to be by doing something that looks like it will help them with their golf. So I think we all have our guilty of that and like not for a bad reason, right, because it does help. But always tell people it’s kind of like the icing on the cake for like when it comes to golf fitness training, and I saw this firsthand when I worked I’ll just leave the gym nameless.
But one of the guys, like you know, posted a lot on social media and it was a lot of this, a lot of the mobility stuff, right. And when the guy came in to work with him, he like put them through his normal workout, which included, like I think it was like Bulgarian split squats. He had him doing co-ops, he had him doing you know, like a trap, bar deadlift or something like you know, just some stuff like that, along with some of the other things. That guy was like no, no, no, man, I can’t hear to do all the stuff on your social media. And I had to listen to him explain to the guy like, hey, no, no, actually, yes, we do that stuff, but here’s like the big chunk of how I train. And so, yeah, I think you know we do it for a reason, so we can obtain eyeballs. And then you get people to trust you and say, hey, yes, this drew you in, but here’s what else we’re going to do and this is why we need to do it.
0:35:03 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, I remember talking to a golf fitness pro that most people listening to this would know who he is. I don’t want to share his name, but him telling me years ago, like you know, you got to give him a little bit of the golfiness, right, because that’s why they’re there. You got to do this. And he’s like, maybe that’s you working on a one legged deadlift kind of position, but maybe you do throw a golf club in their hand, maybe you do, you know, make it a little, a little golf ish, as Charlie Weingroff would say, but because that’s there to give them the buy-in and then you can.
You know, we’ve always said here at 18STRONG, we kind of like we lull you in, like you’re saying we lull you in with the golf stuff, but we hopefully provide you with enough value where you then leave with, you know, more strength, more mobility, and you didn’t really know that you were coming for some of that stuff. But you then see the benefit of it and you know the balance and whatever those pieces are. But but yeah, we want to do what we want to do. So, as the clients they’re coming in, they want, they want to maybe hit some balls.
They want to maybe you know, put the strap on and pretend like they’re in their golf posture, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you understand, or as long as they understand, like, why we’re doing it and it’s not just because it’s a cool, fancy looking golf move, right?
0:36:17 – Cody WescottOh, absolutely, and you know it goes back. I mean, it’s not just with golf, right. I mean, when you know, a big chunk of my career was training people, the general population that wants to lose weight what do most people think they need to do to lose weight? Cardio or something like very high intensity, like get really sweaty. So you know, at the end of the workout, right like we’re like 45, 50, 55 minutes into an hour long workout, what do you need to hit them with? You know you got to get them, got to get them sweaty, because that’s what they want, Right, like there’s nothing wrong with that.
You know, like, hey, I just got you through this strength training workout. Here’s going to be the meat potatoes of what we did. But you still have this belief and, like you know, I’m reading a book right now and, like you know, one of his laws is, like you know, you can’t change someone’s belief. And if people believe that they need to do this golf exercise or they need to do some cardio to lose weight, throw it in there, right, like let them do it because they believe that and that helps them like get to their end goal. And you know so, fitness is so much of a mind game, right. Two like not only I probably didn’t say game, but it’s like you know it’s, it’s a lot of it is up here.
0:37:21 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and I truly believe that if that person doesn’t really know what the intention of them, whatever exercise program it is that they’re doing, they won’t get that result because it’s not focused in on that, even if they’re maybe doing the same exercises as somebody else that’s there for that goal. There’s something about you know that whole mind-body connection, or just connecting with the purpose of it. That kind of makes you do the other little ancillary things that you don’t even think about to get you closer to that goal. So, speaking of that, one other podcast topic that you had on your show was the idea of gaining muscle. So you know, I think that, first of all, this demographic often thinks that gaining muscle is kind of in the past. You know the guys that are at 35, 40, 45 plus. But then, especially if you’re on a golf program, is it possible to still gain muscle while still helping your golf game?
0:38:12 – Cody WescottYeah, I mean I’m not going to say her flex on camera, but I think so. You know, a lot of it has to do with nutrition, right, like how you’re going, adequate protein, things like that to help you build lean tissue, right. But you know, when you progressively overload and you, you know, I think a lot of the. You know we used to think that muscle was built like mainly with volume, right, like high volume, like three sets of 10 or four sets of 10 was kind of like the name of the game and the bodybuilder world, right, those types of rep ranges to get adequate muscle hypertrophy. But you know, it’s just, it’s mechanical tension, and so you got to get in some hard reps, like in my, in my programs, I make sure to put in, you know, like RPE or like reps in reserve, like you know the rate of perceived exertion or reps in reserve, so that way you can get that, you know, close to failure, so that way you can build muscle mass right, and it’s going to look.
I think what’s interesting is people don’t understand that that muscle looks different on everybody, right, like whatever your body composition is, like I have short limbs, like I’m only five, six, and like I have short arms. I have short legs. Like it looks like I have a, you know it looks like I’m huge, but like I mean or not huge, but I have a small area here to pack in the muscle, right, I’m not tall, you know, so like, but it just looks different on everyone. I think the people miss the nutrition part and you know I know some people are afraid to bulk up. Like I don’t need to, you know, get all big and stuff like that, and it’s like, trust me, like it’s really not going to happen as much as I would love it to happen, cause like I would be freaking jacked if I could get any you know like get any bigger, like I would be there because that’s what I want, cause I like that, cause I’m I’m a meathead at heart, right, but I’m doing all specific training.
Yeah, I mean, I get that all the time where people like, hey, you know, here I’m doing your like it’s usually cause I offer a free trial. So people like start the trial and like, hey, man, there’s only like two chest exercises in here and I don’t see any arms. Like you know what? Like I want that stuff. Like can I add that in? I’m like why don’t you just give it a shot here? We got heavy pulls, we got tons of rowing, there’s pressing, there’s pushups, there’s all this kind of stuff. Like we’ve got swaths, this total body. You are going to build muscle. If you, if you, if you, if you do the workouts and you check the box and you mail it in, you’re not, you know you’re not going to get anything Right, like, even if you do that with mobility, like mobility is like I think you had a doctor, kyle, on here, right, yeah, yeah, you even talked about getting sore during mobility.
I loved hearing that. Like, yeah, you got to push your mobility right. Like you know, you shouldn’t check in anything or check the box on anything. Like go hard on your mobility, like go for it. Same thing with like your power, like all your, all your exercises should be like you should be like get putting some effort into it and your body will respond to that if you give it like proper nutrients to build that up. And so I think, yeah, that’s one thing you know in my programs. Like my wife, my wife’s a nutrition coach. She wrote like an ebook that goes along with our, our lip heavy, swing fast. It’s called eat to perform. It’s not only like, it’s your nutrition, help your body composition, but it also helps your performance too. So very important. But yes, to answer your question, go all the way back around. I straw, I mean I’m, I feel like I’m living proof of like yeah, you can get pretty good sized muscles from doing a golf specific program.
0:41:31 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and the fact that when you do, or if you do, have a good amount of muscle mass, you can still move very well. You watch your golf swing. On some of your videos you crush a ball. I saw what it was 171 ball speed on the one. Just the one swing that I saw on the website.
0:41:47 – Cody WescottOh yeah.
0:41:49 – Jeff PelizzaroI’m like people think that big, strong, athletic-looking builds may not be able to move very well through a golf swing. But when you’re doing the right things, you’re training the right way and you’re not even though you know meet heads at heart even, but you know doing it the right way for the golf swing, you can still create a lot of movement and mobility and that athletic motion without suffering, even though you’re building muscle mass.
0:42:12 – Cody WescottYeah, and I think you know one of the topics I hammer on a lot is like is bodybuilding, because bodybuilding is popular and I think that’s what a lot of people just realize. I think that’s like the only way to train right. It’s like leg day, back day, chest day, stuff like that. Yeah, I think the common misconception out there is that like a bodybuilder, someone with a lot of muscle, is like not flexible or they’re not mobile. But I can show you tons of pictures online of like Roddy Coleman you know he is just massive man. Oh yeah, he can like do the splits Right.
Like these guys are super mo they run into a problem right when their soft tissue gets so big that like say, like you know, their biceps and their pecs like hit each other and they can’t like physically grip like a golf club right. Like they are so massive that they like they’re handsy like this close together. I know a guy like that. He was my physical therapist in down in Jupiter and that’s only when it becomes a problem and most people like, unless they take a little bit of something something you know I’m talking about like they’re never, ever going to get that close right.
And like I’m a decent sized guy and, like I told my swing coach, justin Kraft, I was like hey, man, look at my swing, my body can do whatever you tell me it needs to do. Like I’m mobile, I can get in whatever position. So don’t hold back. Like if I need to rotate my hip and you know, rotate my thoracic spine and get good hip depth and do this and do that. Like tell me and I will figure it. My body can get there, I just don’t learn how to do it.
0:43:42 – Jeff PelizzaroThere’s another point that you’ve made that I really like, and some of the coaches on that are listening to this may not love that we bring this up, but you say that you don’t need a personal trainer.
0:43:54 – Cody WescottRight Like yeah.
0:43:56 – Jeff PelizzaroSo let’s talk about that a little bit, because I’ve had conversations about this and this is coming from a guy that still works with a lot of people in the gym on a daily basis. I still do a lot of in-person training, but I think there’s a lot to be said for this statement of that people don’t need a personal trainer.
0:44:15 – Cody WescottYeah, so where do I begin with that?
0:44:17 – Jeff PelizzaroWherever you want man, Just let it run.
0:44:18 – Cody WescottYou’re not going to link my phone over on here. Are you Like people harassing?
0:44:23 – Jeff Pelizzarome. No, you’re just your social media.
0:44:25 – Cody WescottYeah, that’s fine, those are full of stuff anyways. Yeah, so I mean, I was a personal trainer for a long time. I still am, right, and I get it Like it’s a business, absolutely. But I always felt my job was to be an educator and not to like overly educate and talk, like you’ll probably notice, Like I don’t think I’ve said a very big word yet and I probably won’t, just because that’s not how I speak to people and I don’t speak that way to my clients, like I want to educate them, like here’s why we’re doing this, here’s how you need to do it, because everyone needs to do it differently, right, like everyone needs a squat, but you don’t have to back squat, but everyone should squat or split squat or whatever, and each person is going to do it differently just because of the way they move and the way their anatomy is, and so on and so forth. So my job is an educator and I always feel that you know that old saying like you can teach a man to fish all that you know, whatever. Yep, everyone knows how that goes. So I always feel like that was my job.
Now here’s where, like now, personal training is expensive and if someone can afford it and they enjoy you right, they should keep training with you. Like I always told my clients, like I am going and this was like one of my sales pitches. Part of it I was like, hey, I’m going to teach you enough to where you can do this on your own. Now my job is also to have you enjoy working with me so much. See the results and see that I can keep bringing value to the table, that you still keep paying me, right, and the people that people will believe that, like, they appreciate the honesty, like, okay, yeah, you know I can afford to keep paying you. And there’s also the accountability piece and, like you know, you do get better results. Like when someone is watching you and pushing you and motivating you and you’re held accountable to a schedule. Like you’re not going to, you know, because I think most trainers probably have a cancellation policy. Right, you make that appointment, you are going to show up or else you’re going to lose your $150 or whatever it is that you paying, you know. So all that stuff plays a part of it.
But to actually do the exercise, I feel like my job should have been to teach you enough to do it on your own, and then we can, and then you know then that person because again, I talked about the beginning of the show like you can only as a personal trainer, like 30, 40 sessions a week is like 12 people, and if you’re a good trainer, you’ve probably got people that are also waiting to get in your door.
So now, so it’s like the business part of it I want to take money out of personal trainers pockets. Like now you move this person that was trading with you one-on-one to to programming right, like use an app. There’s a ton of great apps out there to set people up on customized programming if you want there, that that’s a way to you know, to to streamline your business right, to scale your business was the word I’m looking for. And then now you take that new person in it right, and then help them the same way. So, like that’s what I’ve always believed. Now, granted, I was able to keep people for a long time because, like, they just like hey, man, now I’m cranky paying you because that’s why easier for me to just pay you and people have the means they’ll, they’ll do it.
0:47:26 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and I mean just to. To second that, there’s the accountability piece. Some people are just paying because they want. They want that meeting or you know that appointment on their calendar. They know I’ve got, I’ve got a guy, just like that. He’s like I know that I could do most of this myself, but I’m not going to do it by myself and having you on the calendar make sure that I do it to maybe three times a week.
But I am 100% with you that our job as coaches is to help educate and teach people to take, take responsibility for themselves.
And I can personally say that from experience. I’ve seen clients of mine that I’ve worked with continuously and then once they decided that you know what I can, I can take some responsibility here and do this, and then they really turned it on and then they’re more, you know, they’re more bought in, they start to do more, they start to kind of start living the lifestyle a little bit more. And I think it’s it’s once the person ends up making that decision that hey, this is on me, this isn’t on Cody, this isn’t on Jeff, this isn’t on whatever the coach, but I got to get in there and do it and maybe they’re still coming in once a week, twice a week, but them getting on doing it on on their own too. You know that’s, and I, I’m with you. I feel like it’s our job, and sometimes I see that the people that end up taking on that responsibility, that’s when they really start to see like Holy shit, this is, this stuff’s working and I’m going all in.
0:48:49 – Cody WescottYeah, and you can group them together Like right, like if you had a couple of guys like I had a couple of guys that were kind of like that, like hey, I could probably do this on my own, and like I’m like, well, this other guy is doing pretty much the same thing you’re doing. Once you guys start working out together and then I trained them together. You know that was like one on two, so I might my other time opened up for someone else, and then now they do it on their own. And then I had a client. You know before that they’re my friends now. Um, you know she’s the.
The wife signed up the husband and to help him get out of a rut. He was, he was really stressed at work and stuff like that. And she even told, and then you know, he would come, he would come straight from work, bit to me about his day. I’d like, okay, cool, I gave you that five minutes, let’s get to work now. And he’d leave, you know, happy as shit, and she would text me afterwards. She’s like, oh my God, she was like I will, I will just pay for this forever, cause he comes home now, he’s in a good mood, I don’t have to deal with, like what you just went through, like that first few minutes, like my life’s better, his life’s better, like I’ll just pay for this. You know never. You never know like what kind of effect you’re going to have.
0:49:54 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, and and back to your hospital hospitality background, like I think that’s where you know people that have have backgrounds and stuff like that. And you know my, my initial degree in school is psychology and I I feel like I got so much, so much out of my psychology degree compared to my physical therapy degree just with interacting with people and being able to do that because, face it, we’re like bartenders, we’re like, you know, hairdressers, where people come and, yeah, they’re doing their workouts, but some of it is it’s almost like just a session where they can just kind of let some things go, they can talk to us about stuff, and that can be just as beneficial as the workout that they get for real.
0:50:32 – Cody WescottYeah, I mean yeah, at the end of the day, we’re just trying to help people’s quality of life and help them play better golf too. And you know, like you know so great that it all just kind of works together. And yeah, like you know, they make like lifelong friends. Like I’m still. I still talk to these people, like actually they were in my most recent like video shoot that I did down in Austin and I called them up and say, hey, I need some, I need some subjects. You know like come, come, get in. Like you know, so it’s, it’s great.
0:50:57 – Jeff PelizzaroCool. All right, my man. Well, we’re going to close up with some questions that we ask everybody that comes on the ATL 18STRONG podcast. So I know you know that these are coming, first and foremost, Katie Shepard. Katie Shepard, happy Gilmore.
0:51:09 – Cody WescottYou know I love this question. Um didn’t one of the guys from catty shop recently die, sadly?
0:51:16 – Jeff Pelizzaroum. You know what I don’t know?
0:51:18 – Cody WescottAnyways, um, happy Gilmore. I mean I was born in 87. Happy Gilmore came out. You know I was still pretty young, but you know I love Adam Sandler. There’s people you had a clip of the wedding singer the other day. I thought it was hilarious. Like so I mean, yeah, adam Sandler, the Bob Barker fight. So yeah, happy Gilmore.
0:51:38 – Jeff PelizzaroAwesome. What would be your walkup song to the first T if you could pick one?
0:51:41 – Cody WescottYou know I love this question because I’m going to you know, so this wouldn’t be something I listened to. But I think when you walk up to the first T, right, you’re kind of like trying to get into other people’s heads, not just for you, right, it’s like right about this for a second. So I listened to. When I work I listen to heavy metal. So there’s never heard of a band called Lamb of God.
0:52:00 – Jeff PelizzaroNo.
0:52:00 – Cody WescottSo the song’s called limit limit, it’s called Lamigod or Lamigod’s name. The band songs called break you, and I probably don’t want to. You don’t want to play with like small children around it’s, it’s, you know, it’ll get you going. If you’re ready to lift heavy, like it’s just going to juice you up and blow your ear drums out.
0:52:15 – Jeff PelizzaroBut yeah, a little bit of a lot of metal. Okay, I love it. Is there a book that you have that you like to recommend to people, or a book that has really meant something to you over the years, that you tend to either give as a gift or recommend?
0:52:30 – Cody WescottYeah, I got it right here.
I reread it all the time how to win friends and influence people Dale Farage I think it’s like the oldest book you know out there I read, I kind of read a lot, but I reread that one like all the time. I mean, I think, as as a personal, as a as a fitness person, it’s huge, right, because influence kind of sounds wrong. Right, like I’m trying to, but I’m trying to influence a good result, I’m trying to influence a good, positive behavior from someone else and like how I can communicate that and have that happen. Like you know, especially for me right now, since I’m communicating on a large scale with my app, is like hundreds of people that and I also don’t get any feedback from them like a lot of them right, like only if you only a small percentage of them like react, like comment most people are just sitting there workouts, which is Berkeley by, so it really helps you communicate.
I think it’s probably one of the best books I’ve ever read and then right now I’m reading. I know you didn’t ask for two, but I’m going to give it to you anyway.
0:53:27 – Jeff PelizzaroNo, I was actually just going to ask what you’re reading, because you mentioned it.
0:53:30 – Cody WescottSo Stephen Bartley he’s got a pretty cool podcast on. He’s kind of got some interesting episodes as of late. But this is his the diary of a CEO, the 33 laws of business and life and I talked about it a second ago. Like one of the things he wanted. His laws is that you cannot change someone’s beliefs. So I’ve got to really think about that too when I’m programming exercises for people, right Is? I know there’s a lot of people that don’t believe, like, in doing a lot of barbell lifts, and there’s a lot of people that are diehard at the barbell lifting and don’t want to do anything else. So I mean, you’ve got to kind of figure out, like, how I can communicate to each camp.
0:54:05 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, I’m definitely putting that one on my list. That sounds super interesting. It’s funny. The how to win friends and influence people. This is the second podcast in a row that that book has been mentioned, so that episode that’s coming out this week, as a matter of fact.
0:54:19 – Cody WescottOh, well then just cut it out and just have me put up the diaries.
0:54:22 – Jeff PelizzaroNo man. No, I love the repeat because it shows that it’s such an influential book and it has been around for so many years. And, yeah, that’s one of the ones that I read a long long time ago and has always stuck with me and have reread a couple of times as well. Awesome, all right, who would you put in your celebrity foursome if you got to pick four, four guy, three or four to go play golf with and you could, you know, spend time with past present doesn’t matter if they’re dead or alive. Who’s who’s in your foursome?
0:54:54 – Cody WescottSo another question like these are good questions, you did a good job on these.
0:54:57 – Jeff PelizzaroThank you.
0:54:58 – Cody WescottSo I’m a history buff like at heart, like I go to bed watching like World War II documentaries, so it’d be some like kind of famous you know world leader and like probably like an Abraham Lincoln at Winston Churchill, franklin Roosevelt, maybe Lyndon Johnson or Jai JFK, likei don’t know someone like that. One of those guys probably would suck at golf, but you know, maybe not Maybe one of them was pretty good, I don’t know.
Then you know. Definitely. I know I know this one’s been said before, but I think you got to play with Michael Jordan, right, like I mean that’s just I don’t know.
And then you know, I was a I was a dive hard Phil fan. I got a hat signed by Phil. You know, like you know, there’s a lot of controversy around Phil lately, which bums me out a little bit because I think it took away some of his. You know, maybe he deserved it. I don’t really I’m not going to get into all that, but you know, I feel I just think played around a golf with Phil would be a hell of a lot of fun.
0:55:52 – Jeff PelizzaroOh man, and can you imagine the trash talk between him and Jordan and the money being slung around?
0:55:57 – Cody WescottYeah, and then yeah, oh yeah. They even think about the group itself, Like I was thinking about, and me individually. You put each one of them but yeah, that’s a good point.
0:56:04 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, yeah, it’d be awesome. Yeah, you can go and tell.
0:56:07 – Cody WescottDave Lincoln like how to chip you know?
0:56:08 – Jeff Pelizzaroit’d be great he might have been a lefty, I don’t know, All right, if we could, if we had the 18STRONG Learjet fueled up. We’re like Cody we’re picking you up. You get to pick where we’re going. Where’s the bucket list course that we’re heading to today?
0:56:24 – Cody WescottYou know, I know you, you, it was the background. We can’t say August or St Andrews, so you know I I don’t know why I’ve like, I’m kind of like a gut like person, like if I just feel like I like something, then I’m just going to kind of like it, and I don’t know why. Kiowa maybe it’s because I was a Phil fan, I just like went nuts when he won the PGA a few years ago at Kiowa, but I don’t know something about that course just looks really fun. You know, I like the, I like the Carolina’s, like I think that’s a cool area of the of the world, of the country. So yeah, I don’t know why, like Kiowa, like kind of draws me you know the ocean course, of course, but yeah.
0:56:59 – Jeff PelizzaroCool. What’s a social media account that you follow that you think the 18STRONG crew would be interested in following as well? Doesn’t have to be golf, doesn’t have to be fitness, could be anything.
0:57:09 – Cody WescottOh man, now that you said that to be fitness or anything.
0:57:14 – Jeff PelizzaroAnd you can give. You can give a couple if you want.
0:57:16 – Cody WescottYeah, I think you’re learning a lot to give a, I like to give a few I definitely a minnow of insulins and biolane. They are a couple of people that, because I do like I’m again like I’m always trying to think all of us are like trying to like push the envelope and what we’re doing here and like how we can create the best, like golf, in this program for people and I think there’s still a lot to be learned about what we can do and I think we and I don’t know if there’s I don’t know of any active studies of like a golf performance, but you can find a lot of studies on other types of human performance and like other ways of training. So, like these two guys like biolane is more of like a nutrition guy minnow, he kind of breaks down a lot of like the training stuff and they kind of break down studies and if you subscribe to them you can also, like you know, view their like synopsis of of how they broke down the study, because, like I’ve tried to read some of these you know like PubMed studies and I’m not smart enough. Like it’s just, it’s so long, it’s confusing, like so I need guys like that. They did just give me the information right, and then I can turn around and give it to someone else. So I really like that when it comes like programming with people and how I’m going to keep like pushing the envelope and the programs that I write, and then I have you, have you heard of a goob?
You too? No, so this is how you spell it. This is pretty. His is pretty fascinating and you can’t watch too much of it because it kind of gets you.
Know he? What he does is he finds fitness frauds right and he actually I think he’s expanded lately but it’s mainly people in the fitness industry that are frauds, that are possibly purchasing followers that are photo shopping, that are just lying right, and he like exposes them. So it’s pretty wild. I wouldn’t want to do what he does because he’s destroying some people and it’s pretty crazy. Some of the he’s got to have death threats and stuff. It’s wild.
But yeah, like I mean it’s crazy. You know like and and I think these people should be exposed because you’re exploiting. You know someone in need like for their like fitness is. Usually they’re coming to you when, like, when you need someone, when someone’s like, you need like sometimes it’s desperate need like maybe they are seriously going to have a health problem if they don’t get some help, like if they don’t lose weight or whatever it is. And these people are, like you know, photo shopping or showing that they get this person results and they don’t, or that this is going to work and it doesn’t Like. So that kind of stuff I think is important, but it’s also kind of I don’t know you can go down the rabbit hole of Washington.
0:59:53 – Jeff PelizzaroIt’s Tread with caution.
0:59:54 – Cody WescottYeah, and then he also like goes into other stuff too. But yeah, okay, yeah.
0:59:59 – Jeff PelizzaroCause I know so. So bioling Lee Norton, you know he he does a little bit of that. So if you’re saying this is you know he just kind of calls people out on their BS, right, but this sounds like it’s a whole, it’s a whole different level of you know, kind of investigating and and bringing people to light, yeah, and then you know and then he’ll like you know the finding people that have like fraudulent followers, like I think that’s pretty big in our space too.
1:00:21 – Cody WescottIt’s like competition is fine, right, like other people in our space fitness, golf, fitness, whatever it is like he doesn’t like exposing one of the golf fitness space. I’m not calling out like anyone in our little group here, but you know it’s it’s it’s competition as fair cheating is not.
1:00:39 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah.
1:00:39 – Cody WescottSo if you’re, if you’re showing like the hey, my accounts of this and I’m doing on this grade and you’re really not like it’s, it’s wrong.
1:00:46 – Jeff PelizzaroYeah, false advertising. Yeah, for sure. All right, man. Last question what’s the best piece of golf advice that you’ve ever been given?
1:00:53 – Cody WescottYou know. So the only piece I ever got for like years was keep your left arm straight. And when I got my first golf lesson the guy was like man, you really keep that left arm straight, don’t you? But but no, and then I think lately I’m kind of talking with what why we talked earlier. I have a client who’s a really good golfer, club champ Southern Hills, and we’ve kind of talked about this whole like, and one of the things he said to me one day was play golf, not golf swing, right, and I don’t hit a draw very well, I cut the ball, I can hit it straight Well, sometimes you know, not all in command, I’m not a pro, but I don’t hit draws very well.
But if so, if I stand up there and I have to hit a draw and I’m thinking about club path and starting, you know starting line and this and that and what I got to do to get the ball to go right to left, I’m screwed. But if I just stand up there and like take like a caveman, ask, like look at the ball and like ball go there, you know kind of thing like little white ball go that way, it’s better. Not doesn’t always work, but you know taps into that inner athlete right.
1:01:57 – Jeff PelizzaroJust see the ball and smack it.
1:01:59 – Cody WescottJust hit the ball. Just hit the little white ball.
1:02:02 – Jeff PelizzaroJust do it Awesome. All right, my man, this was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to watching your content. Continue to build and grow and the train heavy swing fast program. It looks there you go again. Yeah, you know, looks awesome. So, guys, make sure you go check out Cody Wescott and it’s where’s the best place for them to follow you Instagram, right?
1:02:23 – Cody WescottAnd you know I love YouTube. I think YouTube is a super high value, but, yeah, instagram is my biggest platform. So, but, cody Wescott, golf anywhere, I’m on everything. So whatever your cup of tea is, I’ll be there.
1:02:35 – Jeff PelizzaroAwesome, brother. Really appreciate you being here and I know the 18STRONG crew is going to go check you out and we’ll be in touch soon. I appreciate it. Thanks for having me, thanks for listening to the 18STRONG podcast and if you found this episode helpful, don’t forget to share with your friends. And, of course, go follow us over on Instagram at 18STRONG. Thanks again. We’ll catch up with you next week. Train hard, practice smart and play better golf.
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