Why do people do Pilates with me? It can be for all kinds of reasons, but one of the most common is back ache or being told to by an osteopath/chiropracter/physiotherapist. I find the men tend to creep into classes looking slightly embarassed about it, but after a few weeks realise it’s actually quite hard work and really helps.
What I then love about Pilates is how it gives unexpected results by helping people in other areas too… like in this story below. The man in question came due to back pain but is finding it helps his waterskiing. Which it should 🙂 Yay!
Did you know the GB 2012 Olympic Diving team have a Pilates instructor? True Fact, I met someone who worked with them on the team who was telling me all about it.
Here’s a little testimonial from a man who does Pilates with me, I think it’s a pretty good advert for Pilates 🙂
“A little over a year ago I was seeing an osteopath because of back ache that had been troubling me for several months. One of the first things that he said to me was that I would really benefit from doing pilates. Very soon after I started classes with Priya. Since starting pilates I can honestly say that I have not suffered any significant back pain at all.”
I am a qualified waterski coach and I slalom ski three or four times a week in the summer. This is an extremely demanding sport, which involves high stresses and strains on the body as one is pulled from around 34mph to 60mph and back to 34mph in just over 2 seconds. This requires a great deal of core stability and I have to say that pilates has been the perfect compliment for it. I regularly use pilates exercises for warming up and warming down. I would say, in fact, that pilates would be a very helpful aid in training for almost any sport.
I only took up pilates in an attempt to address a long standing problem but to be quite honest, as well as really significant increase in my flexibility, and core strength, I have been very surprised about the impact that pilates has had on my performance, fitness and recovery from injury and I would, and in fact do, recommend it to anyone who will listen! “