The Benefits of Pilate's on Athletic Performance - IFC Physiotherapy Singapore

Whether you are a pro athlete or a passionate weekend warrior, the likelihood is you are always striving to achieve better. It doesn’t matter if your activity of choice is running, rugby, hiking or, like our crew in the gym, lifting heavy things, Pilate's has been proven to be the perfect adjunct to any training regime to help you take your performance to the next level.

Anyone who has tried Pilate's will be well aware that it’s hardly a brutal breathless workout, so how does it help?

Below is a closer physiological look at what you have to gain:

  • Builds deep core (abdominal, hip and back) strength, protecting the spine
  • Corrects posture, decompressing and lengthening the spine
  • Teaches you to move your limbs with optimum postural alignment, increasing your speed and energy efficiency
  • Increases overall soft tissue strength
  • Improves stamina and muscular endurance of the core
  • Works some small muscle groups that strength training alone usually don't hit
  • Teaches breathing control 
  • Increases joint range of motion
  • Can help alleviate joint and muscle pain
  • Helps prepare your musculoskeletal system for new challenges through injury prevention ‘prehab
  • Stimulated circulation
  • Improves balance
  • Prevents muscle imbalances especially in asymmetrical sports such as tennis and dragon boating
  • Helps develop body awareness
  • Relieves stress and tension in the lower back and neck

Overall this means:

  • Reduced risk of soft tissue injury                                                         
  • Increased muscle strength, especially at end ranges                                                                
  • Improved muscle flexibility and proprioception                                                     
  • Improved form, fluidity and control, minimising jerky, stilted movements, generally wasting less energy and allowing for more power where it is really needed

Many popular athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Kees Muews and Victoria Pendleton are well known Pilate’s fanatics, so, if you are not already, why not come and give Clinical Pilate’s a go and see if it can help you reach your full potential?

Annie Henderson