Why You Should Incorporate Strength and/or Pilates Training With Your Sport Specific Training to Boost Performance
WRITTEN BY: Bethany Tapp, Certified Personal Trainer and STOTT Certified Pilates Trainer
If you are currently training with a sport specific performance goal in mind, then you’ve stumbled across a great article. Sport specific training can be great to help you boost overall physical and mental health and adds enjoyment into your everyday life.
Strength Training and Pilates can help you boost performance in many ways. When incorporating strength training and/or Pilates into your weekly training routine, you can find that when you incorporate 1 or both forms of training you will find many benefits and improvements!
During strength training or Pilates training you will be working through different planes of motion, so your body stays strong overall, and you don’t find your body breaking down during training. Strength and Pilates training can also help you maintain bone density and lean muscles mass, help you prevent muscular imbalances, help you move faster, stresses your bones and muscles in a different way than your sport-specific training does, boosts core strength which can lead to faster performance times as all movements in the body originate from the core. In addition, strength and Pilates training help you maintain overall good posture, which is important if you’re doing any endurance related performance event so your body doesn’t collapse the longer you go into competition. Proper posture is key for a good sport performance, no matter the sport!
During pre-season, or base building periods of your sport specific training, its recommended you do more frequent strength and/or Pilates training session; 3 or more sessions weekly. Whereas, during the season, it’s recommended to do less strength and/or Pilates training sessions since you will be more focused on your sport specific training. For top benefits in performance during the in-season, its recommended you complete at least 2 strength and/or Pilates training sessions weekly.
I have personally used strength and Pilates training in my weekly routine as I am a competitive runner and have used these workouts to keep me injury free and boost performance! I’ve now completed 11 half marathons and 3 marathons.
For more expert guidance with strength and/or Pilates training to help you boost your performance, train with me on the MotivateU training platform. I offer Private, Small Group, and Workouts On-Demand Strength & Pilates training. Train with me for a top-notch training experience. What’s stopping you from incorporating Strength and/or Pilates training into your weekly performance training routine?