11 Feb 2019

Rafa Cabrera Bello: Golf fitness will be more key than ever this year

It’s great to be back out on Tour for what promises to be a long and exciting year of golf. The change in the global schedule for the big events and Majors means players and golf fans will have a huge tournament to look forward to almost every month on either on the PGA or European Tour – the season in America will finish earlier, at the end of August, but there will then be five Rolex Series events on the European Tour between September and the end of November when the season reaches its climax at the DP World Tour Championship.

What this means for a global player playing on both Tours, like me, is that you need to be super fit and have plenty of stamina and that’s going to be even more important than ever this year. I need to make sure I’m in peak condition throughout the whole year so that I can perform at my best in all of the Majors, WGCs, Rolex Series and The Players. I work a lot on my fitness over the winter period but I also continue to work hard when I’m on Tour. You need to work out a daily routine and keep to it so I work out between 60-90 minutes a day and try to do that 5-6 times a week.

Which type of golfer are you? The fitness fanatic or the beer guzzler? It appears @rcabrerabello is both! 👀 . . @omegagolfdubai @emiratesgc @wwgolfmag #europeantour #Rafa #fitness #gym #motivation #golf #golfing #golfer #golfswing #golflife #instagolf #golfstagram #golfclub #pga #golfers #golfaddict #pgatour #golfchannel #golfday #golfpro #golfislife #golfporn #golfball #golfr #lovegolf #sport #golftournament #golftips #golffitness

121 Likes, 30 Comments – Worldwide Golf Magazine (@wwgolfmag) on Instagram: “Which type of golfer are you? The fitness fanatic or the beer guzzler? It appears @rcabrerabello is…”


One of my biggest goals in golf is not to get injured and have to miss tournaments, so I focus a lot of my training on making my body more symmetrical as golf is such a one-sided sport. I do plenty of balance exercises as well as core work to achieve that. As well as those exercises I also work on my power and strength conditioning which helps me hit the ball further. During a tournament week, I try and work out after I have played around but sometimes I will split a session and do some work in the morning and the rest in the afternoon. I prefer to do it after the round as matter of safety because the body is fully warmed up, plus if I were to pull a muscle or injure myself then I would have all night to recover, rather than an hour or two before my tee time.

My interest in fitness has always been centred around getting in better shape for golf. I must have started working out when I was around 14 or 15 years old so I’ve always been in good physical condition and aware of the benefits that I can give my golf game by training certain parts of my body – and that’s why I’m so constant with it. Tiger Woods and Gary Player started the trend of golfers keeping themselves in shape and has helped us look more like athletes. Golfers sometimes get criticised because they may not look like athletes, but I think the essential attributes that are used in golf such as tempo, coordination, power and speed help you with your rhythm. You don’t have to look like a Greek God for that!

Outside of golf I also do other sports which help keep me fit. I love to surf and ski, although I don’t get much time to ski so I only do that once a year at Christmas. I’m also a big fan of watersports and racket sports and I try and sneak in the occasional football game on the beach with my friends when I can. A lot of the guys on Tour are pretty strong these days and spend a lot of their time in the gym, but if I were to guess who would bench the most in the gym…it would probably be me!

Share this article

Download the latest Issue now

Free and
fully interactive

Columns from same author

Related articles

Keith Pelley: Genesis Scottish Open is a hugely significant tournament for us

When the Genesis Scottish Open returns to the Renaissance Club this...

Jenny Hennessy: Playing in different weather conditions makes you a stronger competitor

Greetings golfing world. Welcome to my June column, updating you on...