We often get asked about our opinion on Pilates. Many individuals want to be functionally strong and want a stronger core. People have heard that Pilates can give them a stronger core. But is Pilates about core strength?
There are many things that we like about Pilates. We use many Pilates techniques in our physical medicine and rehab programs. Pilates promotes mobility and core stability. Core stability and mobility are two very essential components of health, wellness, rehab, and fitness.
We integrate a lot of Pilates techniques into rehab programs as this is sometimes the only core stability activity an injured individual can perform. Pilates can also enhance mobility (not to the same degree as yoga, but it can be a great stepping stone to yoga in a rehab problem). For this reason, we love integrating Pilates techniques into our rehab programs.
While Pilates builds core stability, it does very little to increase true core strength. True core strength comes from moving a load vertically, horizontally, and with rotation. This includes squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, rows, and rotational and anti-rotational movements with kettlebells, sandbags, and medicine balls.
So, we are always using methods to increase core strength and stability. We believe there are many beneficial exercises from yoga and Pilates which can increase core stability, and we use them. However, for building a better athlete, we like to use the right tool for the job. These tools include:
At Elitefitnessnow.com, we have a deep appreciation for Pilates. We just want to make sure we provide the right amount and type of exercises in our fitness prescriptions.
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