Many of the World’s top athletes have recently done interviews explaining how Pilates has transformed their fitness and performance in their chosen sports. Pilates Reformer training routines have become the go-to workout for many of these athletes, here in Australia there are several current and former Ironman contestants and NRL players who currently include Pilates Reformer as a major part of their training including ironmen Kendrick Louis and Ky Hurst, and former NRL great Anthony Watmough and even Celebrity Personal Trainer “Commando” Steve Willis.
There are numerous benefits to doing Pilates that can help anyone at any age or level of fitness, this is the beauty of Pilates. It can be tailored for anyone, including people with injuries and health conditions that don’t allow them to do other vigorous type exercises. Pilates can also be used as a more intensive style of training with specific focus on certain muscle groups to assist different athletes and sports people. Here is a summary of the benefits athletes are getting from doing regular Pilates Training Sessions;
Improves Stability / Strength of deep Core Muscles to support Spine / Hips
- Improves Flexibility
- Builds a Strong Base and Improves Posture
- Increases Lean Muscle
- Improves Your Bone Health
- Improves Athletic Performance
- Great For Injury Prevention / Rehabilitation
- It pushes you to the limit!
Here are some of the World’s top Athletes who credit Pilates as changing the secret to their improved performance:
Andre Ward, (World Champion Boxer) - Throughout his illustrious career Andre Ward has been one of the top Pound for Pound Boxers and has credited remaining injury free in training to his Pilates Workouts.
Maria Sharapova, (Leading Female Tennis Player) - Credits Pilates for her Core Strength and improved Tennis performances.
Lebron James, (Leading Basketball Player) - Credits Pilates for his increased flexibility and stamina.
Tom Brady, (rated as GOAT of the NFL) - Credits Pilates for his increased Lower Body and Abdominal strength. The 5 time Super Bowl champion is a huge advocate for Pilates Reformer and has convinced numerous other American Football stars to do it.
Surfers: Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons.
Swimmers: Dana Vollmer, Missy Franklin.
Golfers: Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate, Rich Beem, Charles Nardello, Annika Sorenstam, David Duval, Kelli Kuehne, Andrew McGee, Grace Park and Carin Koch.
Basketball: Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Greg Oden, Ben Gordon, J.J. Reddick, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New Jersey Nets, the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.
Baseball: James Loney, Curt Schilling and the Milwaukee Brewers.
American Football: R.W. McQuarters, Ruben Brown, Rodney Harrison, Calvin Johnson, Al Wallace, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders.
Hockey: The San Jose Sharks, The New Jersey Devils and The Boston Bruins.
Olympic Athletes: Kerry Walsh and Misty May-Treanor [Volleyball Gold Medalists], Sanya Richards [Running], Dara Torres, Natalie Coughlin [Swimming], Andre Ward [boxing], and Julia Mancuso [skiing], Jake Fiala [skiing]