Hit the ball farther, straighter, more accurately and reduce your chance of injury with Pilates
Pilates is becoming more and more popular with Athletes. If you do a google search you will see NFL, NHL, NBA, Tennis Players, and yes Golfers. Names like Tigger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, and Rich Beam came up for me. Pilates helps athletes develop core strength, increases flexibility, assists in rehabilitation after injury and creates balance throughout the entire body. As a result, athletes can withstand rigorous training regimen and ultimately improve their golf drive.
Pilates has been around since the early 1900’s. Creator Joseph Pilates was an athlete – a boxer, gymnast, avid skier and diver. He has been labeled as a sickly kid. He had asthma, rikets and rheumatic fever. Growing up she was smaller than everyone else, and bullied. So he devoted his life to anatomy and improving his own physique. Through his studies he decided that the goal was an equally balanced body. Pilates achieves this through correcting muscular imbalances to improves posture, coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility, as well as increases breathing capacity. This is also why Pilates is just as good for rehab as it is for athletic conditioning.
Understanding the Biomechanics of your swing
Having an understanding of the movements of all your joints and the major muscles involved (biomechanics) can help perfect your swing. During a Pilates session the instructor brings awareness to the muscles you should be using, and your posture. Then we provide corrections to ensure you are getting the most out of those muscles while in a balanced posture.
When swinging a club the muscles of the upper and lower body are used. The major muscles groups involved in a swing are the external obliques, gluteus maximus (your tooshie), pectoralis major and latissimus dorsi. The hips and trunk muscles initiate the swing. Postural stability is required so the swing finishes in a balanced position.
@ The Barre we teach the Stott Pilates Method. This method has 5 Basic Principles that ensure proper posture, but more importantly teach you how to engage and use your core muscles. These basic principles can be translated into any physical activity you do to help you achieve maximum performance and reduce your risk of injury.
We have developed an 8 to Great golf program. This gives you 8 private sessions designed to build up the muscles required for a strong and accurate swing. You will feel a deeper sense of strength and mobility. Contact us for more information or to book your 8 to Great!