Peak Performance Pilates for sport
Sport can involve repetitive movement, often in a single direction or plane of movement, that can encourage overuse of some muscles and weakening of others (swinging a golf club is a prime example). Such imbalances result in poor biomechanics and increase the risk of injury.
Regular Pilates practice is the perfect performance partner, as it takes the body through its full range of motion, strengthens underused muscles and encourages even development of both sides of the body. Benefits may include:
flexibility of the hamstrings and hips for smoother movement
core stability, giving greater control and awareness of each movement
spinal mobility, improving agility
It is best to wear layered, loose-fitting clothes, and participants are encouraged to bring their own mat, as these are not always available at the venue.
Pilates is a low-impact discipline that encourages pain-free movement, although some mild discomfort is normal when building muscle strength and endurance. All participants are asked to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire before joining a class, to make sure there is no risk of illness or injury.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph H Pilates