In recent years there has been a shift in thinking about how the body moves out on the playing field. Although not so new to us Pilates devotees, this conditioning method has begun to filter through Pro athletic leagues at a quickening pace. The NFL, NBA, MLB, and members of the PGA are discovering Pilates as an essential form of conditioning and injury rehabilitation and countless athletes have incorporated Pilates into their regular training.
NBA player, Jason Kidd, contributes a large percentage of his strength and flexibility to the Pilates method. “Pilates has made me quicker, more explosive”, he says.
PGA players Tiger Wood and Rich Beem also praise Pilates. “Seriously, I’m now so stretched out and have such great posture that I look and feel like a different person” stated Beem.
Rich Dalatri, former and long time conditioning coach of now Brooklyn Nets, introduced Pilates to the entire team. “Pilates is rejuvenating, restorative, invigorating, maybe it’s because it gets the blood flowing through every inch of the muscles. It puts you in tune with your body. It puts you in a different state.” Dalatri, a Monmouth County resident, was also asked to join to the advisory board for Pilates Style magazine in 2005.
How do athletes stay in the game?
All athletes want to perform at their highest potential but it’s difficult to play at 100% while recovering from an injury. So, the goal becomes prevention. Elena Baltacha, British tennis player recommends Pilates, “It helps with a lot of injury prevention. I’d recommend it to anyone.” Pilates can help to prevent or lessen sports related injuries by strenghtening core muscles, increasing flexibility and neuromuscular control, alleviating unnecessary strain on muscles, lengthening the spine, and stabilizing joints. Sometimes having an injury causes overcompensation on surrounding muscles. With a steady Pilates practice, you can enable the return of balance back to your body, encouraging athletic longevity.
Where to start?
The Pilates Project will be hosting a series of Athletic Workshops this August and during the fall season. Our first series Stay In The Game: Athletic Conditioning Mat Workshop I will be held on August 13th at 11:30am.
Stay In The Game: Athletic Conditioning Mat Workshop I
August 13th 2014 at The Pilates Project
11:30am – 1:30pm
The first of our “Stay In The Game” Series. Athletic Conditioning Mat Workshop I is a specially designed workshop dedicated to improving athletic performance and longevity. Through the Pilates mat sequence you will learn valuable tips on how to use your body to prevent or recover from game related injury by strengthening core muscles, increasing flexibility and neuromuscular control, alleviating muscle soreness and stabilizing the joints.
This Workshop is taught by Joanna Warchol. Joanna recently relocated to Fair Haven from New York City, where she worked as a Pilates instructor and personal trainer for the past seven years. She has experience working with a variety of athletes including dancers, runners, triathletes, golfers, rock climbers, soccer players, and lacrosse players. Before moving to New York, Joanna headed the dance department at Savannah Arts Academy, a high achieving magnet arts high school in Savannah, Ga. Joanna holds a 600 HR Pilates certification from Power Pilates. Pilates has always been a perfect cross-training and injury prevention tool for Joanna’s athletic pursuits and for her clients.
The Pilates Project also provides on location ‘team workshops’. Contact us for more details or to schedule a workshop for your team.