Pilates for Combat athletes
Joseph Pilates himself was an boxer and circus performer. With that in mind all of his exercises can compliment any training regime and rehabilitation program.
In terms of combat athletes, punches, kicks, throws and take-downs begin from
a good grounding and punches develop from power through the legs hips and torso. And old saying in Boxing is if you have ‘no legs, then you have no punches’. That comment is too true, once your feet are are in a balanced position then the punch and kick combination can be thrown. Pilates works well with full contact sports as the main premise of these sports to to pull your opponent off balance.
Even if you are not thinking combat sports but say Hockey or Rugby, the same rules can still apply. Pilates builds your centre of balance by working on your trunk muscles or as it is also known as your power-house. Kirsty combines Pilates exercises with Muscle Activation Techniques to maximise performance, by making sure the right muscles are firing in the correct sequence. Muscle Activation works really well with Pilates, and an immediate effect can be felt after one session.