Why Pro-Athletes Love Clinical Pilates

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There is a stigma surrounding Pilates that is quickly being dispelled by the boost in professional athletes’ use of it in their off-season training programs. This may be due to the development of Clinical Pilates, a training approach that utilizes rehabilitation therapy techniques, and incorporates them into the traditional Pilates dogma.


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Clinical Pilates offers a work-out that is perfect for athletes, as it rehabilitates your past injuries or surgeries, yet prepares you for the next playing season. Each exercise is tailored to the patients’ specific abilities, and designed to help you build strength as you continue going to sessions.

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Overuse injuries are a great incentive to start doing Clinical Pilates, as it trains your muscles for endurance. Many professional sports teams have been investing in Clinical PIlates equipment for their gyms.

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This form of exercise conditions the body by working it from the inside out. It isn’t the sort of blood and sweat work out athletes are typically used to doing, but instead focuses on intense control of the muscles. This control builds your balance and as you learn to breathe properly.

Professional athletes (left to right) Rich Beem, Jason Kidd and Ruben Brown, are quoted as being avid practitioners of Clinical Pilates.

So, why do athletes love Clinical Pilates? We know it helps improve their stamina and coordination, as well as balance. Their energy levels are noted as improving greatly after only a few sessions. It seems to be more than just the obvious, though. Athletes who incorporate Clinical Pilates into their workout are partaking in something “new” to give themselves the competitive edge they need for the next active season. While being a great alternative to the traditional forms of conditioning, Clinical Pilates helps athletes play a better game with greater resilience.


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The Creator

Joseph Pilates developed this style of exercise for his fellow inmates while in an internment camp during World War I. He created Contrology, a method that integrated yoga with other various movement techniques, and became what is known as Clinical Pilates today. The philosophy of Contrology enforces the balance and connection between mind and body for whole wellness.

Meet Our Clinical Pilates Instructor, Matt Nelson

While going to the University of California, Irvine, Matt Nelson discovered the unique challenge of Pilates. It changed his life by altering his career, and he completed his studies with an MFA in Dance Kinesiology and Movement Analysis. Matt spent the next 20+ years training in Clinical Pilates methods, such as BASI, Stott, Polestar, and Fletcher. He has provided rehabilitation and conditioning when a part of the Cirque du Soleil team and Celine Dion’s headlining Vegas Show. 

Matt has moved across the country to work at our Wellness Center facility as a Rehab and Conditioning Expert through Clinical Pilates. He has said that athletes will benefit from Clinical Pilates through correcting muscle imbalances, coordination, and proprioception, making them more agile when playing their sport.