What does fitness have to do with Golf?

I have been working out for many years, mostly bodybuilding styles of workouts. I discovered CrossFit 3 years ago. At the time, I could not do one pull up. Now, I can do 10… strict. My swing is more consistent and I can go at it hard. I have more stamina and focus during a round. I have more speed through the ball. I am fitter and look better now, than I did when I was 20. Well, I am stronger, anyway.

When I worked out at the gym, I rarely sweat. I would do my usual leg lifts, bicep curls, abducter and adductor, lunges, some ab work. I did run back then, and bike now. My muscles were toned, but not strong. I thought they were strong…but they weren’t. My glutes were non-existent. My legs were okay because I ran, but when I stopped running, I really saw a drop off.

CrossFit_BearCrawlI decided to try CrossFit. My chiropractor was super-fit and was always pumped up when he talked about it. I tried it first in Miami, and then, more regularly back up in the Boston area. To be honest: after being a gym rat for so many years, I had no idea what I was getting in to. The intensity of the workouts reminded me of when I was in high school playing team sports daily, field hockey and tennis. I had lost that over the years.

One of the main draws of CrossFit is the community, the camaraderie, the support you feel whether you finish first or dead-last. CrossFit is Community
My body was tone, but had minimal stamina, strength or power. No wonder why my golf balls were so short and my back hurt… ALL the time. I had no postural integrity, core strength or stamina to support the demands of the golf swing!

My advice: Don’t be afraid of CrossFit. All it is, is functional movements that are constantly varied and performed at high intensity in a very short amount of time. Hey, that’s a bonus! It’s intense, but short. The movements can be learned and with our help, piece of cake…paleo cake.

Form is king, as it is in golf. BUT, you must also bring intensity to the table to see real benefits. Meaning, during your More Pars Fitness workouts, keep the pace steady and work hard. Grab your pals. One of the main draws of CrossFit is the community, the camaraderie, the support you feel whether you finish first or dead-last. The workouts should never be a walk in the park. If they are, you are not trying hard enough and will see minimal if any improvement. My suggestion, is to find a CrossFit gym in your area and try it out. All ages, all fitness levels are welcome. Workouts are always scaled to fit your fitness level. Safety is always number one. In fact, scroll to the bottom and read Emily’s Mom’s story. It’s cool.

What is More Pars Fitness?

I’ve taken all my knowledge of fitness. I’ve connected with top instructors in their respective fields to bring you a fitness program designed to get you strong, so you can drive it long!

The More Pars Fitness is level-based including exercises and workouts from Level 1 to advanced Level III. Be sure to master the Level I workouts before moving on. Like the golf game, form is king and our jobs as More Pars Fitness Coaches is safety above all else! Be smart.

Meet Your More Pars Fitness Coaches!

Danny Vadala
CrossFit Level II
CrossFit Gym Owner

Dan Vadala (a.k.a. Danny Vee) is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Full Potential located in Newburyport, MA.

Danny is also a Lead instructor for Tactical Athlete Training Systems and CrossFit’s Level 1 Kettlebell Trainer Course.He previously served as the Physical Education teacher at the Pine Grove Elementary School in Rowley as well as the manager and head coach of North Shore CrossFit in Beverly.  Dan has served as a coach and business consultant to a number of North Shore area private schools, gyms, and CrossFit affiliates.  He has been coaching youth sports since 2000 and has been a personal trainer since 2004. His extensive knowledge of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle choices helps his clients reach their full potential.

Danny’s Certifications

– Bachelor of Science in Education
– CrossFit Level 1 & 2
– USA Weightlifting Senior Athlete/Club Coach
– CrossFit Kettlebell Certified under Jeff Martone
– Lead Instructor: Tactical Athlete Training Systems
– CrossFit’s Level I Kettlebell Trainer Course
– CrossFit Running and Endurance Certified under Brian Mackenzie
– CrossFit Movement & Mobility Certified under Kelly Starrett
– CrossFitNutrition Certified under Robb Wolf and Mathiu Lalonde


If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Danny Vee

– CrossFit Gymnastics Certified under Julie Barnes Mauer
– PENDLAY Weightlifting Program Level 1&2 under Glenn Pendlay
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– Massachusetts Certified Physical Education Teacher K-8 and 5-12
– Massachusetts Certified Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6
– American Heart Association First Aid and CPR/AED Certified

Christina Ricci
TPI Golf Level 3
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

TPI-Logo-With-P-Man-For-Website_edited-1A passionate golfer girl and a passionate fitness enthusiast, Christina has been building her library of  knowledge in the fitness realm for 25+ years.

The game of golf elevated her quest to seek out the best in golf instruction and her quest for staying fit drove her to seek out the best in fitness trainers and proven fitness methodology. She is a proven example that you can get results by focusing on proper form and execution. The game of golf has taught Christina that, in order to excel at golf and any other endeavor, you need commitment, focus, and passion. She’s got all that and is ready to show you how you cannot only look great, but transfer your fitness regime into your golf game for more pars and more fun!

Her method of choice these days is CrossFit. A proven method founded by Greg Glassman, CrossFit stands for Constantly Varied Functional Movements at High Intensity. In simple terms, CrossFit challenges your whole body in every workout.