Athletes & Trainers
Pilates Training for Athletes
What professional dancers discovered years ago, the NFL, NBA, MLB and more are discovering now – that Pilates is one of the best forms of conditioning a top-tier athlete can participate in.
Pilates' integration of the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle and emphasis on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment and smooth flowing movement allow athletes to access each part of the body individually, and become familiar with the functional mechanics.
With Pilates training, athletes can hit the ball farther, run faster, jump higher – and they do it without pain or injury to themselves.
But don't take our word for it. Check out these professional sports organizations. All of them use Balanced Body® equipment as a crucial adjunct to their strength and conditioning regimen:
New Jersey Nets
Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
See our Library for a list of in-depth Pilates articles for athletic training and conditioning, sports medicine, dance medicine, and rehabilitation. Some articles are available for full download.
“Pilates workouts using Balanced Body reformers are an excellent conditioning tool for the NBA. The strength, agility and performance of my players have increased and Pilates has become such an essential part of our workouts that we take a reformer to our away games. I even have a Studio Reformer® for my own home use.”
“Pilates has become a big part of my conditioning and the Allegro Stretch Reformer from Balanced Body is an incredible athletic training tool. It is able to fit taller and bigger body types like myself and is easy to adjust and use. I use it every day and it’s really changed the way I move.”
Defenseman, San Jose Sharks
“Pilates on Balanced Body Reformers has greatly increased my core strength and my overall flexibility. I'm more agile than I was before and that's a big deal in my line of work. It has definitely become a crucial part of my training program.”
Former NFL Player, Assistant Coach, New England Patriots
“I look for ways to turn every ounce of potential into winning performance for my players. Pilates training with the Allegro® Reformer strengthens the core muscles, increases flexibility and helps my guys stay on the field — and off the injured list. The Allegro is the best equipment for the job. It's well-built and can stand the pounding of day-to-day usage by the league's biggest professional football players.”
Conditioning Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, 2002
Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society
“As a professional baseball player I am constantly twisting and torquing my body. Pilates on the Balanced Body Allegro Reformer has been an excellent conditioning tool in this respect because it has greatly increased my agility and strength. It also allows me to work out small muscle groups that I normally don't.”
Former MLB Player
“Pilates on the Allegro Reformer has definitely lengthened my muscles and increased my agility. I can really feel it in the way I move.”
Former NFL Player
“Thank you again for providing the health care, sports and fitness community with such an excellent and versatile product [Studio Reformer].”
—André Deloya MS, PT, CSCS
Director of Rehabilitation, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx