It’s time to shake that “Pilates is for [insert something that you're not]” mentality out of your head.
Pilates benefits people of all fitness levels. In fact, today, more and more Olympic athletes are turning to Pilates to boost performance.
To name a few:
Missy Franklin - Swimmer
David Boudia - Diver
Kerry Walsh Jennings – Beach Vollyball
Haley Anderson - Swimmer
Andy Murray – Tennis Player
Dana Vollmer - Swimmer
All these Olympians have cited Pilates as an important component of their training routine.
‘Me..time’ Pilates knows these competitors are onto something. Pilates gives athletes an edge mentally and physically. The practice reduces injuries, speeds recovery time, improves range of motion, promotes efficient breathing techniques, and develops a mind-body connection.
During sport-specific training you use the same muscle groups repetitively, which can cause muscle imbalances and hinder performance.
The smaller muscle groups get neglected in some forms of athletics, Pilates will force you into movement patterns that are lacking in other training methods. You will be lying on your side, stomach, back, sitting, standing, rolling, and balancing in different ways.