HIGHETT PILATES and FITNESS CENTRE

Why Does Pilates "Power Up" Sports Performance?

Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Lifestyle Studio

Pilates has been around for over 100 years now and has shifted from an “alternative” exercise method to a training tool used by most professional athletes and a growing number of “recreational” athletes who are learning the difference between training smarter…not harder!

So what is training smarter all about?

One of the key functions of Pilates is to get the balance of strength between the supporting or stabilising muscles, and the more dynamic or moving muscles happening.

So many sports that “weekend warriors” participate in are highly repetitious. For example, when you go for a bike ride, you pretty much do the same movement over and over again. It’s the same with running, swimming, tennis, golf etc.

When the stabilising muscles are weak, it makes the body vulnerable to chronic pain, tightness and stiffness and possibly acute injury all due to over use of the moving muscles.

This is one of the most common reasons people become injured doing the sporting activities that they are passionate about. And once you have an injury, there is no option but to stop your activity…and who wants to do that, right?

How devastating would it be to train hard for months and months to compete in an event like a fun run, golf competition etc., only to be tripped up by an injury and not be able to participate?

And having an injury can become a slippery slope as performance drops, either due to an inability to train, pain in the body or motivation issues.

Another issue that occurs due to weak stabilising muscles is poor movement patterns.

The body becomes very inefficient at movement, leading to “over recruitment” or the body over working to get the job done.

We’ve all seen images or video of athletes who “make it look easy”, executing every movement with precision and just the right amount of power to maximise the result they are wanting to achieve.

Pilates teaches your body to generate power from the right muscles, and develops strength through the full length of the muscle

So as movement patterns improve, the tightness and stiffness in the body decreases, you become more efficient at movement leading to an increase in stamina and less muscle fatigue…which is always a good thing :)

Chronic injury or “wear and tear” on joints is minimised when the body is working in the way it was designed to.

As we age, quality of life becomes more and more important. Taking the time to attend to “joint health and fitness”, especially the spine, is a smart way to preserve quality of life well into your older years and enable you to keep on participating in the sports and activities you are passionate about.

Read how both Leeanne and Grace have used Pilates to be champion “recreational athletes”, well in to the “Masters” category.

Leeanne 53...Cyclist, Rower, Golfer

During my 40 years in sport initially as an elite rower and in more recent years a recreational rower, cyclist and golfer I have suffered from chronic back pain.

I have spent many hours and dollars visiting Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths who were great for a short term fix the many times I broke down but my biggest fear was that as I got older these injuries would not allow me be able to continue my active life style.

Then I learnt about Pilates! Originally I was a skeptic, having been used to high intensity cardio activities I could not see how this “gentle” exercise could be of benefit to me.

In January 2013 I joined Pilates Plus, deciding on enrolling in a Mat Pilates class once a week to suit my busy lifestyle. Within 5 weeks I noticed a difference in my core strength and posture. Now 18 months later I no longer rely on regular Osteopath visits and am able to pursue my sporting activities without fear of breaking down after successive sessions which would have been impossible in the past.

I have found Pilates to be beneficial in all facets of my life, including posture, mental wellbeing, core strength, toning and even a small weight loss.

The Pilates Plus staff are great at tailoring a class to your standard and always give the utmost attention to ensuring that you gain the maximum benefit from every session.

I would encourage every athlete to include Pilates in their training routine as the benefits are immeasurable.

Grace 46...Ultra Distance Runner

 

I have been a client of Pilates Plus since its inception in 2009.

Loretta and her team have worked with me over the years to keep me physically able to maintain the demands of long distance running, in events ranging from the marathon to 160 km.

Since starting with Pilates Plus, I have dramatically decreased the amount of "down" time due to injury, and have not had a running-related injury for 3 years now.

I am extremely happy with these results.

As I move into my late 40s and beyond, I want to ensure I continue to run for as long as possible and I am confident that.

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