Sports and Pilates

A HEALTHY PLAYER IS A FREQUENT PLAYER!

Pilates is especially effective in building core stability, improving focus and injury prevention. All sports have their own key patterns of movement and repeated use of these patterns of movement can result in muscular imbalance. Less relevant muscle groups can become weak and inefficient, with more predominate muscles becoming bulky and tight.

Pilates focuses the body as a whole, aiming to rebalance muscles and postural alignment.

From weekend warriors to elite professionals, athletes looking for a competitive edge are discovering that Pilates helps you:

  • Hit the ball farther
  • Run faster
  • Jump higher
  • Correct muscle imbalances
  • Prevent injury

Check out these FAMOUS male athletes that use pilates:  Male athletes get no pain, big gains from Pilates By Jill Lieber, USA TODAY

The Pilates method incorporates six basic principles: breathing, centering, flow, concentration, control, and precision. Games of movement and Pilates are compatible and very similar because they focus on individual development — striving to perform your personal best.

As the fitness industry has evolved, professionals in the field have learned how important it is to effectively strengthen core musculature. If your center is strong and flexible, all types of movement are easier to perform. It’s clear that this concept applies well to improved performance in any type of sport or exercise.

SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES USING PILATES

Football: R.W. McQuarters, Ruben Brown, Rodney Harrison, Calvin Johnson, Al Wallace, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders.

Golfers: Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate, Rich Beem, Charles Nardello, Annika Sorenstam, David Duval, Kelli Kuehne, Andrew McGee, Grace Park and Carin Koch.

Basketball: Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Greg Oden, Ben Gordon, Lebron James, J.J. Reddick, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New Jersey Nets, the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.

Olympic Athletes: Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Treanor [Volleyball Gold Medalists], Sanya Richards [Running], Dara Torres, Natalie Coughlin [Swimming], Andre Ward [boxing], and Julia Mancuso [skiing]

Baseball: James Loney, Curt Schilling and the Milwaukee Brewers.