Funny thing about Pilates: some folks think it’s just for women who want to look skinny. Ohhhhhhh, not so! Although many people use Joe’s system to build an aesthetically sleek body, tons of athletes use his system as a secret weapon for their sport.
Athleticism is the quality of having the kind of strength and energy that makes a great athlete. It takes athleticism to run marathons, play pro football, or sprint down a cobblestone street in high heels without falling.
Athleticism might get you a basketball scholarship to college or help you win most of the tennis matches you play. When you’re particularly good at a sport, people will praise your athleticism. Although it’s usually used with sports, athleticism can describe any quality of strength and energy. It takes musical athleticism to play Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit on piano. The word is rooted in the Greek athlētēs, “prizefighter or contestant in the games.” (write up borrowed from vocabulary.com)
PROFESSIONAL TEAMS WHO USE PILATES EQUIPMENT TRAINING
New Jersey Nets
Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QUOTES FROM ATHLETES WHO USE PILATES
“Pilates has become a big part of my conditioning. I use my Pilates Reformer every day and it’s really changed the way I move.”
Defenseman, San Jose Sharks
“Pilates on the Reformer has greatly increased my core strength and my overall flexibility. I’m more agile than I was before and that’s a big deal in my line of work. It has definitely become a crucial part of my training program.”
Former NFL Player, Assistant Coach, New England Patriots
“I look for ways to turn every ounce of potential into winning performance for my players. Pilates training strengthens the core muscles, increases flexibility and helps my guys stay on the field – and off the injured list. The Reformer is the best equipment for the job. It’s well-built and can stand the pounding of day-to-day usage by the league’s biggest professional football players.”
Conditioning Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, 2002
Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society
“As a professional baseball player I am constantly twisting and torquing my body. Pilates on the Reformer has been an excellent conditioning tool in this respect because it has greatly increased my agility and strength. It also allows me to work out small muscle groups that I normally don’t.”
Former MLB Player
“Pilates on the Reformer has definitely lengthened my muscles and increased my agility. I can really feel it in the way I move.”
Former NFL Player
THINKING OF TRAINING WITH ME?
I’ve personally worked with all kinds of athletes: NBA players, MLB players, skeleton racers, fencers, equestrians, runners, cyclists, marathoners, triathletes, figure skaters and more. If you’re an athlete, I guarantee you’ve built some asymmetries in your body that are affecting your sport. Pilates can help you balance those out, prevent injuries and get your game to the next level.