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Hanging Out With Camilo Villegas

Camilo Villegas made history as a young golfer in his native Colombia, and was an All-American during his university days in Florida. Now, after seven years on the PGA tour, he is staying in serious shape at home and working hard for his next victory.

You live in Florida, which is known for its warm and humid climate. Is that why you have a pretty serious gym in your house?

When I bought my home, one of the first things I did was convert what used to be a bedroom into a full-scale gym. It has free weights, a number of gym machines and stretching apparatuses. It offers me everything I need in terms of weights, cardio, yoga and pilates. I’ve been committed to fitness for many years now, and work hard at it both in and out of the gym. I spend a lot of time cycling, but the gym in my home makes it very convenient.

What’s your daily or weekly fitness routine?

Instead of a routine, I refer to it as a lifestyle. When I’m not playing in a tournament, I’m up at 6 a.m., whether I’m at home or on the road, for a two-hour workout. I’ll begin with stretching, but it includes a lot of squats, presses and crunches. All of the exercises are designed to give me both the power and flexibility needed for golf.

Do you prefer to work out in the mornings or at night?

Mornings. As I said before, it’s a lifestyle for me. It’s how I start my day.

What’s your favorite part of the routine?

I have a passion for cycling that has allowed me to combine fitness with competition. I love cycling but have been very careful not to overdo it. A proper balance is very important.

And the least favorite?

I’d probably have to say days off from the gym. They’re necessary, but my day just doesn’t feel complete without it.

And what do you wear?

In the gym, I wear looser fitting athletic shorts and usually a sleeveless workout shirt. On the bike though, it’s proper road-cycling shorts and a shirt.

What’s the most important thing about workout clothes and activewear?

Comfort and fit are key. You want to make sure that the clothes are appropriate for the activity you will be doing.

We can’t help noticing that not all golfers are in such good shape – why do you think that is?

I think it is changing. Golfers used to be seen as out of shape, but now fitness is a huge part of the game. It gives you power, increased flexibility and can help prevent injury. If you look at any of the tours now, the majority of golfers are athletes and are in shape.

Do you have a golf simulator in your house as well?

My gym gives me the room to swing a club and it has mirrored walls, but it’s not a golf simulator. For that I go to the practice range.

 

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