LPGA Teaching Professional
National Academy of Sports Medicine – CPT
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Golf Longevity Specialist
MSc Exercise Science
Discovering The Body-Golf Connection
Marian Geist, like most athletes starting to play golf, thought golf would be easy to master. However for more than a decade beginning in 1977, she experienced many highs and lows. For this reason, she sought help from numerous instructors and golf schools. Moreover she fell prey to random tips, expensive training aids, and the latest golf gimmicks and gadgets.
During this time, she was establishing herself in the fitness and health industries. She owned and operated a fitness facility and physician-supervised weight loss centers. However after recovering from a serious injury, she pursued manual therapy training and certification. Indeed Marian was intrigued about the ability to prevent athletic injuries by addressing and resolving pain and movement dysfunctions. She opened a trigger point therapy practice for athletes. Specifically, most of her clientele played golf. Consequently, it became clear to her that improving the body through fitness, better body composition, and manual therapy could not only help golfers avoid pain but also improve their golf performance.
Finding And Addressing The Source of Symptoms
Pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Specifically it’s a symptom of a bigger problem. Therefore treating golfers with chronic pain required persistence. Furthermore lasting resolutions only occur when the source of pain is identified and properly addressed. So finding the root cause was always Marian’s goal.
To this end, she often discovered that dysfunctional golf swings were causing or contributing to the pain. Conversely, she also realized that golfers’ muscle imbalances and posture distortions were causing or contributing to pain and inconsistent golf. Hence whether pain is causing bad golf or bad golf is causing pain can be quite a vicious circle.
For these reasons, her proven ability to get to the source of problems will help you resolve your golf struggles.
Acquiring A Movement Science Background
In 1997 Marian completed a degree in kinesiology from the UMD@College Park. So, armed with a solid background in movement science, she became an LPGA Teaching Professional in 1998. Of course she held two firm beliefs from her earlier work experiences: 1) the body is the most important piece of golf equipment and 2) always seek the source of every movement issue.
Within this context, she has been helping golfers understand their swing, prevent injuries, and train safely and regularly. Thus good golf results can largely depend upon having an able, trained body.
She feels fortunate to have been educated and mentored by some amazing professionals. These individuals include Dr. Jane Clark (professor of motor development at UMD at College Park), Dr. Greg Rose (Titleist Performance Institute), and Aaron Mattes (kinesiotherapist and originator of Active Isolated Stretching).
Additionally, in early 2000 she completed all (3) certification levels of Dr. Rose’s Body-Swing Connection curriculum. Furthermore, she spent time with him in his chiropractic clinic improving her own swing mechanics and fitness. Since then she has completed TPI Certification Levels 1 and 2.
You can expect Marian to look beyond the obvious in your lessons. Even so, she observes and recognizes symptoms like faulty ball flight patterns, set up issues, etc. However, she looks deeper to uncover the root source of presenting symptoms.
Marian can help you get to the cause of an issue, train, and correct it. Then your results can be lasting. In fact, golfers deserve lasting results.
Offering Improved Golf Longevity
Marian believes that part of golf’s allure is that it is challenging. For instance, golf demands successful teamwork of our physical, mental, and emotional selves. For example, injuries or physical deficiencies can cause a golfer to struggle. Likewise, they can also create frustration and mental overload. However, there are alternative ways of helping such golfers return to an earlier or better form. Golf Longevity describes the abiity for golfers to play their best, enjoy, and stay in the game for their lifetime.
As a hybrid fitness/health/golf professional, she personally uses and shares proven training techniques and scientific advances to promote golf longevity. Therefore, you can expect your investment in lessons with Marian to reap benefits for a lifetime.
Marian’s Top 10 Beliefs Why Golfers Underperform
- Golfers overwhelm themselves with excessive and contradictory golf instruction — especially from the internet.
- They have little to no comprehension of what works and what doesn’t work about their game.
- Most golfers train insufficiently (many not at all) to produce consistent, effective, and reliable performance.
- Many golfers attempt to think their way through their golf swing — it doesn’t work.
- Golfers waste too much of their precious time, money, and energy “practicing” at the driving range.
- The average golfer does not know how to properly train their swing or short game strokes.
- They don’t realize their game is either getting better or getting worse; it does not remain the same.
- Many golfers don’t realize their body is either getting better or getting worse; it does not remain the same either.
- Golfers evaluate performance with a glass-half-empty-mentality.
- Finally, not all but most golfers have a lack of appreciation for and insufficient understanding of their body.
- “If anyone can do it, anyone can do it.” (Anonymous)
- “Good golf depends not upon knowing what to do but upon doing what you know. The first refers to instruction and the second to training.” (Marian Geist)
- “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” (Mickey Mantle)
Do you struggle? Are you settling for disappointing results? Do you have a nagging physical issue which negatively affects your golf? Are you tired of your current plateau and want to break through to the next level? Are you confused about any part of your game?
If any of your answers are “yes”, consider a new approach. Connect with Marian. In your very first lesson you will understand how she is different. You will be on your way to playing your best golf, having a more enjoyable process, and staying in the game.
If you are coachable, the sky’s your limit.
Sisters4Fitness Wellness Show
Sisters4Fitness Wellness Show (August 2018) with Stephanie Gaines – Bryant (host) and Cheryl Thomas (golfer-athlete)
I can help you understand your golf assets, your liabilities, and how to achieve what you want. Realize your best golf-health, golf-fitness, and golf game. I hope you benefit by watching this video. It was so much fun to be with these two fabulous women (again).