Benefits of Pilates

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to present to a large group of high school football coaches on the topic of Pilates. I’ll admit that the coaches initially didn’t see the benefit, and we had a few good laughs trying to figure out how they might use Pilates methods with their students.

After the coaches had a chance to try some exercises, many of them asked for videos and further resources on these exercises, as they could feel the immediate benefit. Here is a link to a small study done at the California University of Pennsylvania on improving performance in football linemen.

Pilates is a method of mind body exercise that can be adapted to a huge variety of individuals, teams, and situations. Here is a link to the abstract of a research study showing Pilates as a useful program for helping decrease low back pain.

The diversity of outcomes depend on how you apply the exercises. Some outcomes include:

  • Improved core control
  • Improved total body strength
  • Improved coordination
  • Improved ease of breathing
  • General fitness
  • Sports performance
  • General sense of well being

For the more athletic populations, here are a few exercises to get you started:

OSR does offer highly affordable Pilates small group equipment classes in a circuit format at our facility. All exercises are tailored to meet individual needs, while we all share the workout space.

We also provide small group on-site Mat classes and workshops at your facility.

If you would like more information, please contact Meredith at or 952-873-7400.