The idea of using Pilates for athletes to improve performance is pretty common, but the question is, can Pilates help improve athletic performance and reduce injury or is that just another one of those Pilates myths that we’re committed to busting? Well, yes, and also no.
Listen in to find out which, and how. And what exercises.
The Pilates community is a fantastic, inclusive place. However, many of the ideas it takes for granted are out of date or just plain pseudoscientific opinion. These are the elephants in the room in Pilates, and we’re here to talk about them openly and honestly. The Pilates Elephants podcast is all about debunking the myths and giving you science-based tools to become a better, happier, and more fearless teacher.
As an athlete can Pilates really help improve your athletic performance and reduce injury or is that just another one of those Pilates myths that we’re committed to busting? Listen in to discover whether Pilates for athletes is effective in helping athletes get better at their sport. We discuss why if you want to get good at moving explosively, you’ve got to move explosively, and how to recruit high threshold motor units in a Pilates class.
Raph and Cloe take a deep dive into the three mistaken beliefs that exist around whether Pilates helps athletes improve their performance — by improving core strength, correcting muscle imbalances, and practicing movements used in your sport. And, they reveal why one of the three isn’t actually an elephant at all and why. On Episode 31 of Pilates Elephants, they also give specific exercises to help your clients strengthen their core.
Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education
Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.
Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.
Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education
Cloe finds great joy in her connection with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader global movement community. She is passionate about empowering both clients and new teachers to move fearlessly and think critically. She is fascinated by movement in general and the ways in which it can enhance our lives, help us age well, and overcome pain. Her personal movement practice includes daily running, HIIT, and Contrology.
Cloe holds a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Certificate IV in Pilates, and STOTT PILATES certification.
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