For a single-sport athlete, cross training can be beneficial outside the athlete’s primary sport. For a fitness enthusiast, it means the ability to perform many different activities to ensure total fitness. Cross training with Pilates gives you an advantage to work with every muscle in your body without putting excess harm on your joints.
Pilates is a mind-body exercise that helps you become more “in tune” with your body. If you’re in tune with your body, you know your limitations, strengths and weaknesses, when it comes to attempting any kind of exercise, or endeavor.
Pilates targets the core muscle groups that are neglected in usual strength training. It trains your deep core muscles, making it strong, which in turn supports the other muscles in your body for more efficient performance. By combining Pilates into your workout, you are able to reach new levels of fitness and avoid injury.
Pilates also has the added benefit of helping you become more flexible, stretching out your muscles while you create a strong and lean body.
Cross training refers to combining alternative forms of exercise as a part of a fitness plan or training routine.
It helps reduce the risk of overuse injuries, improves muscular balance, trains your muscle in new and unique ways and aids in muscle recovery. Cross training can also prevent burnout and adds fun, stimulation and variety to your workout routine while still helping you stay fit.
Many find that cross training, combining strength training with cardio is the best way to get in tiptop condition.
Benefits of Cross Training with Pilates
STRONGER CORE MUSCLES
Athletes in every sport can benefit from Pilates. Including it in their cross training gives them added core strength. Working from the core, Pilates helps to build a solid platform of inner strength. The strong center serves as a stable foundation, which in turn supports the other working muscles.
MORE EFFICIENT BODY MOVEMENT AND BETTER FOCUS
Pilates can improve muscular endurance and flexibility, as well as the mind-body connection. Strengthening smaller supporting muscles will provide movement that is more efficient and practicing proper breathing will help you stay focused and calm during high-pressure situations.
WORKS FOR THOSE WITH PAIN AND INJURY
Especially when using a Pilates Reformer, Pilates is an ideal form of cross training even for those with injuries, limitations or chronic pain. The Reformer has a system of pulleys, which provides resistance as the muscles contract without putting added stress on the joints, ligaments and tendons.
The benefits you get from Pilates can take you to the next level, helping you become a more efficient, concentrated and flexible athlete. So try adding Pilates to your training routine consistently for improved body condition, function and performance.
If you’re training for a marathon, swimming or playing team ports, be sure to check out our Reformer Pilates classes in Leederville.
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