Jan 29, 2015Ask The Expert
Question: I am an avid surfer. What type of Pilates exercises are recommended for athletes like myself and how frequently should I practice?
Sally Belanger: Surfing–along with many other sports–requires a great deal of balance, upper body strength and endurance – all areas in which Pilates can help improve performance. Your Pilates session should include exercises that focus on scapular stability which will increase shoulder strength and mobility needed to paddle the board.
Reformer-based exercises that utilize the jumpboard are a great way to build endurance and power which is required to stand up quickly, or pop up onto the surf board. It is also important to focus on strengthening the core which will assist with balance as well as overall performance.
Pilates training improves neuromuscular coordination which also assists with balance and proprioception of all joints. Because Pilates is anexercise methodology that focuses on improvements in muscular strength and endurance, it should be done once or twice a week with a trained professional in order to achieve optimal results, ensure that exercises are done properly and that the correct muscles are being utilized.
Based out of STOTT PILATES’ head office in Toronto, Sally is the Project Specialist for Education and is a Master Instructor Trainer. With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, she has coached elite athletes from a variety of disciplines perfecting their game while reducing their likelihood of injury.