Golf, Tennis and Pilates
Unilateral sports, those that involve the same group of muscles on one side of the body,
be it for strength or flexibility, in time and the repetition of the sport gesture, will unavoidably create an unbalanced muscle development, Among the sports we can quote as a clear example of the above, are Golf and Tennis, among others. In these sports the swing technique is the gesture that repeats so many times within the game through weeks, months and years. It is necessary to revert somehow this muscular development, on the contrary the body machine will be less and less precise.
What is it that happens?
At the momento of hitting a ball with the racquet or the golf club the body is committed in
this action, therefore, the breathing, the muscles that connect the joints, the large
muscles in charge of external movement, the way we are standing and the position of
each of our limbs are part of this hitting machine. We cannot lose sight of the body as a
whole and as such, responsable for the result.
Pilates workout is the perfect companion for all these activities and sports. In Pilates you
will level the physical wear and tear caused by these types of sports on your body, by
working on the association and dissociation of the parts involved in the sport. During the
strengthening of the muscles of the column, the connection of breath and the mind-body
concentration you will develop the flexibility lost by repeating contractions at swing.
Besides, you will achieve an optimum general alignment that will save energy when you
move, for which the result of your movement will be more effective.
A good alignment of the column depends on the balance of the periferal muscles to to
maintain its stability. The column is the axis of rotation. It is kept within a dynamic
motion, as long as the muscles are well balanced, then, rotation is optimum. If the
alignment is not the optimum, rotational energy expands in all directions, which results in
rotation axis chaos. When the axis of rotation shifts during swing (for example), you lose
control of your stabilizer, then the kinetic channel starts to break down and this is where
we have a problema.
Like Tiger Woods once said: “Your posture is a sacred fundament”
Add Pilates to your game routine and you will be surprised on the physical progress you
will have at the court or golf course, preventing lesiions and chronic muscle pain.