reform sports

Each sport has its own challenges, but they all rely on breath control, form, alignment, power, endurance, strength, focus, precision, and efficient movement.

Would you practice Pilates if it were to improve your performance? Pilates starts by building powerful core muscles and linking mind and body through the breath. From there, a regular practice works out into the rest of they body, balancing opposing muscle groups, strengthening the deep stabilizers to reduce strain on the larger muscle groups, supporting the pelvis and the spine, and creating rotational stability.

All of this, in addition to strong, supple muscles with no bulk, reduces injuries and creates proper alignment to keep you working faster and longer with less energy expenditure.

Linear Sports

Triathlons

A combination of the groups below.

Running

Runners often have tight hips, quads, IT bands, and hamstrings with a tendency towards hip and knee pain. Balance and coordination can also prove challenging, as the body is adapted to moving in a linear fashion. Runners need strong abdominals, including obliques, and power in the lower body in order to maximize their stride.

Swimming

Swimmers with injuries most often complain of the back, knees, and the shoulders, as well as neck and shoulder tension. Weakness and limited range of motion in and around the joints can create drag in the water. Swimmers need strong glutes/thighs for propulsion, strong lats and shoulders for power, and synchronization between left/right and upper/lower body for pace and endurance.

Cycling

Cyclists tend towards tight IT bands, poor posture, back pain, knee injuries, and shoulder instability. The heel to seat connection and rib to scapula connection are essential, as are low ab, inner thigh, glute, and hamstring strength.

Major benefits of Pilates:

– Abductor/adductor strength for knee stability
– Increased flexibility of hamstrings and low back
– Improved thoracic extension
– Greater hip and shoulder stability and range of motion
– Reinforcement of rhythmic breathing, proprioception, and balance
– Efficient movement for increased energy and power output
– Pelvic stabilization and spinal alignment
– Abdominal strength

 

Lateral Sports

Golf

Golf tends to exacerbate kyphosis and lordosis with an emphasis on single-side rotation. This can lead to lateral imbalances, tight hip flexors, weak abdominals and glutes, and poor shoulder stabilization. Golfers need to be able to rotate a strong yet flexible trunk around a stable lower body. They also need lower body power and a solid weight transfer during the swing. Core support links the upper and lower halves of the body, maximizing rotational ability to increase accuracy and power.

Tennis

Like golf, tennis players must wind the upper body around a stable lower body from a strong core for maximum power and energy transfer. Tennis requires elastic energy and balance for quick starts and stops and directional changes. Hip instability and torso tightness can restrict movement and lead to injuries of the back, knees, ankles, and shoulders.

Major benefits of Pilates:

– Rotational strength
– Balance and proprioception
– Trunk flexibility and pelvic stability
– Shoulder girdle strength and stabilization
– Thoracic extension
– Functional movement
– Abdominal strength, particularly the obliques