Male Athletes Find Their Edge with Pilates – As mainstream as the Pilates method of developing core muscle groups has become, male professional athletes interested in adding it to their training programs used to feel that they had to get past the stigma that this is largely a women’s exercise.
Jason Kidd, the New York Nicks superstar point guard, gave his wife, Joumana, a longtime Pilates devotee, a hard time when she told him it might help in his rehabilitation of a broken ankle a few years ago. After weeks of making fun of Pilates, Kidd finally tried it.
“I immediately discovered how tight I was,” Kidd recalls. “After one session I was energized. From that point on I was convinced it was a great workout.”
For Kidd, Pilates is all about finding the edge. He estimates 30% of his strength and flexibility training comes from Pilates. “Pilates has made me quicker, more explosive,” he says.
As with other professional sports teams, the New York Nets have invested in Pilates equipment for their weight room. The players were so dependent on their Pilates workouts that throughout the NBA playoffs in 2002, a leading Pilates company shipped special equipment to the team’s hotel on road trips.
– Courtesy of USA Today