Most days of the year, I consider myself an athlete. And THEN I watch the Olympics…Wow!
Pilates can be key in Olympic fitness. There are many athletes who have said they practice Pilates and any injured athlete who has been to physical therapy (likely all Olympians) has probably done Pilates exercises. Read about Julia Manusco here who does Pilates in her ski boots. She won a bronze yesterday in Alpine Skiing Ladies’ Super Combined – Slalom.
While I get inspired watching these athletes, I have to adjust my thinking about the body’s movement and form. All the sudden I’m seeing knees that never straighten, tons of lumbar extension, high impact landings and shoulders up to ears. This is not Pilates! But, this is how these sports are performed. The teacher in me gets ideas about how to help them find balance in their bodies after using them in such a demanding way.
I bring to you: Olympic Fitness/Pilates for Athletes, a series of posts about Pilates and fitness training for Olympian athletes. (Go here for the one I did in 2012.)
Note: Think of these as creative posts about the movement of an extraordinary athletes as it pertains to Pilates, not prescriptions for success. I am NOT an expert in these sports and have not met these people. I am not a physical therapist. I’m simply someone experienced in movement who can’t turn it off when watching the games.