Pilates Center of Austin: Sports-Specific Training Programs
Pilates for professional or recreational sports
Please, let us cut straight to the point: there is simply nothing like Pilates to re-balance and strengthen your whole body, rehab injuries, and, most importantly, prevent future injuries–while at the same time dramatically improving your game!
The days of Pilates being reserved for strengthening the cast of Swan Lake are over. The baton has been picked up by the likes of Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, and Gold Medal Olympians like Sanya Richards Ross (who trained for seven years at our studio), Kerry Walsh and Missy Franklin.
“Pilates has played a huge role in my success as an athlete, and in my life’s goal of winning Gold in the 400m at the 2012 London Olympics. Working with Wendy has helped me to really focus on the little things that help elite athletes become better. From increased flexibility, to improved breathing habits, and a heightened awareness of my body…Wendy's techniques have improved my performance on every level. Pilates is a whole body, mind, and spirit experience and Wendy made it relate to every part of my life.
World and 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Champion
Pilates as Contrasted with Traditional Training Methods
Traditional athletic training, more often than not, fail to address deeper stabilizing, core muscles.
Every sport has its own distinctive patterns of movement. Many sports, such as baseball, golf, tennis and bowling use certain muscles repeatedly while virtually ignoring others, creating the risk of an unbalanced physique, increasing the likelihood of injury.
Common to all is the need to Pilates addresses these coordinating requirements and is an ideal complement to other training methods.
Pilates exercises, on the other hand, focus on the whole body in every movement…building long, lean muscles without bulk, while activating deep core support, from foot to head. Making it a perfect complement to more traditional training modalities.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Matt Belisle: "Pilates has become a fundamental source I use in everything I do, on the field and off."
Pilates and The Young Athlete
All sports now embrace the concept of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD): acquiring the ABCs of movement–Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed–at a young age, then gradually moving the approach to training from general to specific, simple to more complex, as the athlete matures both physically and mentally. It's a system designed to produce sports players with physiques appropriate to their chosen sport, with the necessary strength, stamina and suppleness to perform at the top level, under stress, for long periods of time with a reduced risk of injury.
Pilates harmonizes perfectly with the LTAD approach across every sport… accentuating this learning process, whether you are an elite performer or a complete novice.
Budding Olympic hopeful Sara Colon gains balance, strength and flexibility on the Pilates Reformer.
In addition to instruction in Sports-Specific Training, we offer specialized programs in:
Weight Loss, Post-Rehabilitation and Pain Management, SeniorFit™, Prenatal & Postnatal Programs, Workplace