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February 1, 2024
PIlates For Pickleball
Pilates and Pickleball might seem like an unlikely combination at first glance. but they actually compliment each other quite well. When I first stepped onto the Pickleball court I could instantly feel how my years of practicing Pilates was going to be in my favor.
Yes I admit everything about the game including the name was extremely odd. First of all why is it called Pickleball, why can't you step into the kitchen and how are you supposed to remember the score?! I couldn't remember when the ball could bounce, where I was supposed to stand when it was my partners time to serve and how hard can you actually hit the ball without it going out. Other than those minor details I was hooked after my first game. If you're not quite sure what pickle ball is in a nutshell its a paddle sport which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong which requires agility, total body strength, mobility and balance.
What I learned quickly was that Pilates was an excellent way to improve all of the above while keeping me injury free! I was surprised to hear that at least 70 percent of participants who play pickle ball become injured in one way or the other, often suffering from back pain, shoulder issues, and knee conditions.
By incorporating Pilates into your weekly routine you can drastically reduce those stats because Pilates can enhance your performance, take your game to the next level and stay injury free so you can continue playing the game you love so much!
Why choose Pilates?
Pilates is a highly effective method for enhancing overall strength and control, which is essential for maintaining balance and stability during the rapid lateral movements and sudden stops and starts that are integral to Pickleball.
What does Pilates help with?
1. Enhances Flexibility:
Pilates workouts enhance mobility and flexibility, enabling Pickleball players to effortlessly reach for shots without the fear of muscle strain.
2. Prevents injuries:
By improving overall strength, mobility and flexibility, Pickleball players can significantly reduce the risk of common injuries such as muscle strains and joint issues.
3. Improves dynamic alignment and stability:
Pilates comprises various exercises that effectively target your balance, thereby improving your ability to maintain stability while executing the dynamic movements involved in playing Pickleball.
4. Develops focus and concentration:
Pickleball players need to stay sharp and focused during intense matches. The controlled movements and emphasis on breathing can help improve mental clarity and agility.
To incorporate Pilates into your routine, aim for 2-3 sessions per week. Sessions can range from 20 minutes to an hour depending on your schedule and fitness level. For beginners, it's beneficial to start with a certified Pilates instructor to ensure proper form and prevent injuries. At Synergy Pilates we offer programming specifically designed for Pickleball players. Once you're comfortable with the basics, there are numerous online resources available to continue your Pilates practice. I am including my e-book here "Pilates For Pickleball" for an additional reference with exercises you can do at home!