Pilates is unequaled for developing an athlete’s “core” – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Athletes interested in seeking the competitive edge, increasing enjoyment of their recreational sport, or reducing their injuries will benefit from regular Pilates exercise. Already have a body suffering from overuse in your sport? Pilates is one of the best forms of rehabilitation for an injured athlete.
Pilates will help you:
- Hit the ball farther
- Run faster
- Jump higher
- Correct muscle imbalances and improve posture
- Move efficiently and effectively
- Prevent injury
Pilates will build a strong core, increase strength and flexibility simultaneously, improve posture and alignment, and balance muscle movement in both sides of the body, especially important in one-sided sports like golf or tennis. Using Pilates equipment will assist the athlete to move three dimensionally and effectively in all planes of motion.
Your Certified Pilates instructor can help you prevent injuries and pain by teaching you proper biomechanics that you can apply to your sport. By focusing on Pilates breathing and smooth, flowing movements, athletes will become better aware of how their body feels, where it is in space, and how it moves.
Some of the additional sports benefits from Pilates include:
- Golf: “X” factor speed and strength with stable lower body and flexible trunk; better core and shoulder stability to reduce back pain and reduce shoulder, wrist, and elbow injuries
- Tennis and Racquet Sports: flexible trunk rotation; opposite side strength to balance body from unilateral sport demands; better centering for quick directional changes; shoulder girdle support for serving and injury prevention; ability to move in all planes of motion
- Cycling: stronger core for better bike position, power, and endurance; improved balance to reduce falls
- Running: back and head alignment for upright posture; more efficient breathing and movement for increased endurance or faster times
- Dance: more body awareness; maintain optimal joint alignment in cases of extreme mobility
- Rowing: balance strength in entire body with trunk; release overused shoulder, hip flexors, back, and thigh muscles
- Swimming: enhanced breathing and body alignment for more fluid strokes; increased focus for steadier, faster pace; reduced neck strain
- Equestrians: neutral pelvis for balance, a deeper seat, and absorption of horse’s movements; improved hold for jumping or dressage form; free and gentle movement of arms around still body; hip independence; reduced rider fatigue; better control of rider translating to horse for more successful ride
- Soccer: stabilize back, pelvis, and muscles of leg; increase flexibility to prevent injuries, especially to hamstrings; coordination
- Skiing/Snowboarding: differentiation of upper and lower body, better focus and control to respond quicker to terrain changes and crowds; better balance to reduce falls
- Baseball: more efficient rotation against stable legs for increased speed and power at bat; agility for running, fielding, and sliding.
- Basketball: plyometric training on Jumpboard for increased vertical height; increased agility and speed; flexibility for quick direct changes
- Football: stretch and strengthen muscles and joints, especially hamstrings, calves, backs, and shoulders; relaxation and stress release techniques