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MLB Professional Baseball Player Uses Yoga and Pilates to Power His Swing

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MLB Professional Baseball Player Uses Yoga and Pilates to Power His Swing

Judge just ended his first full season hitting .284/.422/.627 with 128 runs scored, 114 RBIs, 127 walks and an 8.1 WAR. Oh, and his 52 home runs set a rookie record. With New York set to face the Twins in the American League wild-card game Tuesday, the 25-year-old is a lock for Rookie of the Year and a legitimate MVP contender despite striking out 208 times this season.
Surely a guy like Judge, with his size and power, must be pumping some serious iron, right?
Not exactly, said York, who is now Judge’s off-season trainer, as well as the trainer for players including Kolten Wong, Kole Calhoun, Doug Fister and James Shield. While York’s clients lift in and out of season, they tend to concentrate on other types of exercises more.
That’s also why York has put Judge on yoga and Pilates while also stressing more routine stretching.
“It teaches him how to control his body. It teaches him how to relax his body,” York said. “If he can do that every day, and he gets into a predicament where he’s feeling tight, then he knows how to relax his body and stretch it out.”
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NFL Tight End Uses Pilates to Stay Fit, Healthy, and Sexy

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NFL Tight End Uses Pilates to Stay Fit, Healthy, and Sexy

Pilates initially was recommended to [Eric] Ebron [Tight End for the Detroit Lyons] by his girlfriend. He started doing it, became hooked and now has made it part of his offseason training after a season in which he dealt with ankle and knee injuries for the majority of the year.

“I do Pilates now,” Ebron said. “Don’t tell anybody. But yeah, I just do a lot of things that can help my body, my core, my muscles and everything just stay strong and as flexible as I can be for this rough and long season.”

“Ebron knows a healthier body could lead to fewer injuries; the tight end has yet to play 16 games in a season. He knows, too, that this is a big proving ground year for him since the Lions chose to pick up his fifth-year option and have had some preliminary discussions about a contract extension.

“He started doing “everything” with it, including the Cadillac machine, which looks somewhat like an indoor jungle gym.

“He wouldn’t say how much is body has changed, saying only “yeah, I keep it sexy,” but he looked trimmer than usual when he met with the Detroit media Tuesday.”

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Pilates New Secret to Success of Red Sox Pitchers

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Pilates New Secret to Success of Red Sox Pitchers

[Excerpt from the article Pilates could be the new secret to success for Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, David Price [Mass Live]]

Pilates focuses on the core strength in the lower back and abdomen while increasing flexibility, areas that ballplayers tend to ignore in workouts.

The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta was among the first vocal proponents in baseball of Pilates’ benefits. Now it seems to be seeping into more and more major league clubhouses.
On the Red Sox, it’s not just Sale that’s a believer in the routine. The Pilates wave has rippled throughout the clubhouse from Sale to David Price to Mitch Moreland and Chris Young.
“A big part of what makes me, me is flexibility,” Sale said. “Obviously, I don’t have big muscles, I’m not this big guy so I like to stay flexible, that’s kind of my craft if you will. The more I can build strength and maintain flexibility, the better off I am.”
It became such an important aspect of players’ offseason workouts, the Red Sox purchased a Pilates reformer, which is the machine that helps increase the intensity of the workouts with resistance of springs and levers.
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Professional Soccer Players Practice Pilates

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In addition to being a standalone form of exercise, Pilates exercises are designed to help correct muscular imbalances caused by the repetitive movements an athlete undertakes in pursuit of their sport. Thy help increase flexibility, agility and can help prevent injuries.

The last five years has seen Professional sports teams embracing Pilates as a necessary part of all athlete’s training regimens. One professional sport that has seen considerable rewards from the Pilates training modalities has been soccer, or football to most of the world. One of the reasons for this uptick in soccer players moving to Pilates has been the quick improvements to hip flexibility they see from Pilates training.

According to Pilates trainer Lauren Cross, “Soccer players originally thought that [Pilates] was just an exercise to make them feel better and recover after games. But then they started seeing results in performance. They’re stronger and have more flexibility in their smaller muscle groups, which, when working with powerhouse muscles, is essential in maximizing movement potential and injury prevention.”

For soccer players, hips are a huge problem area. Lauren goes on to point out that their hips are so tight from being in a turned out position much of the time and from the strain of the sport. “Most of the guys can’t even sit cross-legged on the floor without their legs being up to their elbows, and they need their hips to open up to execute an effective shot in soccer.”

“Gareth Bale (top professional soccer player) is an incredible specimen; he looks after himself, is beginning to realize how good he can be and embraces the sort of medical advice available at all the top clubs,” according to The Daily Mail.

Devon Sandoval is another such player: “As a striker I’ve got to have flexible hips in order to maximize each shot attempt. For the longest time I had really tight hips. Pilates helped me find any weaknesses and has helped me become a stronger and more balanced athlete,” says Devon. “Working on the Tower opened my hips and made me much more flexible, which has led to a much more powerful shot. It’s been an absolute game changer.”