More and more NBA & NFL players/athletes are using Pilates for increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. They also use it to lose weight.

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors answered a few questions about his new Pilates workout routine and what moved him to lose the weight?

“It started during [last] season, and even before that. I was talking to my wife, and she said “You were always your best at your college weight.” The saying is, the older you get, the lighter you’ve got to be. I thought Ray Allen did a great job of that, and Chauncey Billups too. I’m getting to the point where I’m a little bit older. I’m still young, but I’m a little bit older, and I can pick and choose how I want my body to look and feel. It’s good to understand your body. I want to be special. At the end of the day it’s all about me and how I feel and what I can provide for my team and my family.”

“I do private Pilates classes. It’s 45 minutes to an hour straight of just work. It’s not as much stretching, but a lot of strengthening. We keep the room hot. I tell them to turn the air conditioning off, and we just go in there and work. We’re focused and I have a good teachers. It’s fun. It’s something completely different from what I do every day.”

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