Rory McIlroy brilliantly fires back at critics of workout regimen (vid)
In the years since he stormed upon the scene as a slightly pudgy teenage prodigy, Rory McIlroy has committed himself to a regimented dedication to physical fitness. So much so, in fact, that it has garnered criticism from a handful of the golf world’s most renowned and respected analysts and coaches.
The latest to question his workout-heavy training regimen is Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, who recently expressed concern that McIlroy may be drastically hindering his long-term career.
“I say it with a lot of trepidation, because it’s a different era for sure and I don’t know the full extent of what he’s doing, but when I see the things he’s doing in the gym, I think of what happened to Tiger Woods,” he said, via the Golf Channel. “And I think more than anything of what Tiger Woods did early in his career with his game was just an example of how good a human being can be, what he did towards the middle and end of his career is an example to be wary of. That’s just my opinion. And it does give me a little concern when I see the extensive weightlifting that Rory is doing in the gym.”
It merits noting that Chamblee did include a qualifier in his analysis, pointing out that times have changed in professional golf.
Either way, the world’s No. 3-ranked golfer wasn’t about to allow the criticism to go unnoticed.
Replying to a tweet from Golf Channel linking to Chamblee’s blog post, McIlroy posted a video of himself pumping an impressive amount of iron.
@GolfChannel @chambleebrandel pic.twitter.com/tz7lSH7Z6k
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 16, 2016
McIlroy later took to Twitter again to point out exactly what he was squatting in the video.
Re the squats it was the last set of 3×3 at 120kg(265lbs). Did 3×10 at 100kg(225lbs) before that. I'm 165lbs. I'm a golfer not body builder
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) February 17, 2016
As noted above, McIlroy’s workout regimen has long been a source of discussion, with renowned coach Butch Harmon suggesting last year that the golfer may be bulking up too much.
McIlroy has on several occasions defended himself to those kind of criticisms and he even has inspired some of his colleagues to post videos of themselves emulating his intense workouts, albeit in a mocking and self-deprecating manner.