What Is Tiger Woods' Workout Routine?

Tiger Woods stretches during a Presidents Cup match.
Is Tiger Woods working out a new modern dance routine, or stretching? We'll go with stretching. Warren Little/Getty Images

How intense is a Tiger Woods workout? Very intense. On a typical training day, Woods intersperses cardio training, weight training and core/flexibility training with his golf practice routine.

Woods used to have a section on his website (tigerwoods.com) dedicated to fitness and explaining his workout regimen and the thought behind it. That section is no longer on the site, alas, but we can deduce Woods' fitness philosophy from something he once said:

"Golf is a sport, so you have to train like an athlete."

Woods Alternates Fitness Training With Golf Practice

Tiger once wrote down his daily workout and practice schedule, a schedule that lasted 12 hours in total - from 7 a.m. (or earlier) to 7 p.m. About seven to eight hours of that was given over to practicing his golf game. Some of it was dedicated to rest periods and lunch. The rest was taken up with fitness training and stretching.

The workout regimen Woods described went like this:

  • A typical daily routine begins with an hour of early morning cardio work. Woods usually does one of three things for that hour: bicycling; a 7-mile endurance run; or 3-mile speed runs.
  • The cardio hour is followed by an hour of weight training, lifting 60- to 70-percent of his normal weights and focusing on lots of reps and different sets. So that's two hours of early morning fitness work before breakfast.
  • At the end of a typical day - after Woods has spent much of the day on his golf practice - he returns to his physical workout with 30 more minutes on the weights, working on upper body strength.

Woods wrote on his Web site that he stretches for up to 40 minutes before each workout.

"I view fitness as a long-term strategy for building and maintaining endurance, strength and agility," Woods said.

"It's a continuous cycle of training and recovery."

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