Pilates exercises, all movement starts from your core - Pilates targets the
deep core muscles that connect your entire body - this results in
increased core strength. Most sports rely on core strength for performance.
Your core is the link between your upper and lower body, it is what allows a golfer to swing the club to strike the ball, a footballer to manoeuver at speed and kick the ball, a cyclist to remain stable on the saddle and power the pedals, and a swimmer to rotate their torso and kick their legs.
Pilates can help prepare the body and correct imbalances to enhance sports and dance performance. With regular Pilates practice it is possible to increase range of motion, strength and muscle balance. Working specifically on weak areas of the body, or body areas that are particularly challenged by certain sports or dance can help prevent or reduce the likelihood of injury.
Greg is a keen footballer at club level who had spent more time in injury than on the pitch for the year before starting Pilates. His Physiotherapist recommended Pilates to help with a recurring hip injury. After attending a weekly class for 6 months Greg was starting to return to his pre injury fitness levels, and while not back on the pitch he working towards achieving this and was back training with his teammates.