Pilates Classes for Sport

If you are serious about your sport you should be serious about Pilates. It makes perfect sense and here’s why: Pilates can play a major part in helping us being “fit to perform to the best of our ability”.

To enquire about specific sport related Pilates courses please contact charlotte@live-pilates.co.uk or call me on 07801 444 825 to discuss your club/or individual needs.

Why should I start doing Pilates?

A growing number of sportsmen and women are taking up Pilates for a variety of reasons:

  • Injury prevention and recovery
  • Building flexibility and mobility
  • Suppleness
  • Co-ordination and core strength
  • Gain that winning edge over your fellow competitor

To be successful in sport you firstly need talent and technique. We are born with talent. It is our potential. As we know, some have more of it than others, for example David Beckham, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods, to name a few. Technique is the know-how of how to perform the sport successfully. We get this through training, coaching and focusing on particular skills of the individual sport.

There is another part of the circle, the third key element to being successful in your given sport. It’s called kinaesthetics – “a feeling of motion”. Kinaesthesia is used to refer to the sensations that originate in our muscles, tendons and joints that enable us to sense our movements, the position of our body in space and the weight of our limbs. This includes the key areas of Pilates: balance, alignment, co-ordination, breathing, concentration, relaxation, flow (a feature in sportspeople which is hard to describe but easy to appreciate!)

What are movement patterns?

Every sport has its own distinct movement pattern. Many sports are unilateral (predominately using one side). Take golf as an example, where you are rotating the spine and hitting the ball one way only. This places enormous strain on the lower back. Other sports demand biomechanical efficiency to minimise the potential damage caused by an action, such as fast bowling in cricket. Impact sports like rugby and football require a high level of conditioning and strong focus around certain joints to give flexibility and mobility.

All athletes want to build longer, leaner muscles without adding the bulk and to learn how to activate the deep abdominal muscles to give a solid core. Pilates hits the spot for all these requirements and is an excellent way to complement other sports and training methods.

Can Pilates help if I have a sports injury?

Injuries do happen – you may have taken time off and gone back to your sport too soon without adequate training, or you could have over trained your joints and muscles. A carefully planned Pilates rehabilitation programme will:

  • Remobilise the body
  • Ease damaged muscles, joints and tendons
  • Rebalance the body – prevents distortions caused when you try to compensate for the part of the body that has been out of use

Focus should be taken on building up the weak muscles to make you stronger. If there is an unbalance in the body this brings about weakness which may lead to an increased risk of injury.

Professional and amateur athletes are using Pilates as part of their training programme to give them the edge over their competitors as they will be internally more balanced, recruiting the correct postural muscles, which in turn will help prevent injury.