The goal of an athlete and sportsperson, professional or recreational, is always focused on improving performance while staying injury-free.
Athletes and sportspersons worldwide have Pilates as part of their training program.
Golfers, cricketers, swimmers, cyclists, track and field athletes, basketball, badminton, tennis and rugby players, to name some, all use Pilates as a foundation to enable them to train harder, better and with less injuries.
Pilates forms a part of the training regimes of most Olympics athletes.
The Zone Sports Performance Program
At The Zone we use Pilates along with varied conditioning drills and movements to keep the body balanced, strong, and healthy; for improved performance and strength.
“Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.” - Joseph Pilates
Correcting muscular imbalances and posture alignment
Functional training to improve mobility, stability, coordination, and balance
Increase mental focus and concentration
With Pilates based training the focus is on training smarter rather than harder; teaching the body to work in a more intelligent and aware manner.
Common injuries such as rotator cuff impingement, tears, sprains, lack of joint-stability, back pain and more, can be addressed with Pilates.
Pilates for improving sports performance:
Core strengthening lays the foundation for strong, stable movement.
Pilates focuses on training the body to work as an integrated whole. This helps improve mobility, stability, coordination, and balance which are key elements in sports and athletics.
Increased body-awareness leads to better posture and alignments for efficient movement.
Focus is on functional training for the body with compound, complex movements. Using varied muscle-groups with multi-plane movements increases coordination, stability, and efficiency of movements.
Repetitive movements and one-sided sports result in postural and muscular imbalances. Pilates works to balance the body and develop muscular symmetry.
“Always stabilize the body before creating movement.” - The Zone Movement Principle
Pilates for injury prevention:
Pilates training is done primarily on spring-resistance machines where adjustments can be made for individual needs and goals. This enables specific focus on individual alignments and movement patterns.
Increased body-awareness leads to
efficient, effective movements
higher endurance and energy levels
less stress being placed on the body.
Working on the Pilates machines provides proprioceptive feedback to the body. This improves muscle engagements and movements leading to better strength, stability and control.
Emphasis is placed on teaching the body to integrate working with stabilizing and mobilizing muscles while maintaining integrity of joint-control.