Did you know that flexibility is really about two different aspects of movement? First, we’re talking about how far muscles can stretch, and second, we’re talking about the range of motion around the joint. The two leading ways to increase flexibility through stretching are explained below:
Static stretches are when we hold a stretch for a length of time. This is what most of us think of when we think of stretching. However, research suggests that long static stretches (held for over a minute) can actually reduce both your muscle strength and elasticity for a period.
Dynamic stretching means the stretch occurs in motion. This approach is used in sports warm ups, and athletes will loosen their joints and muscles with low-intensity movements like jogging and arm swinging.
Ever wonder why professional and recreational athletes turn to Pilates? Well, many athletes find their flexibility has been compromised by uneven muscle development that reduces joint stability and range of motion. The Pilates focus on a balanced body helps to avoid any limited flexibility.
When it comes to Pilates for athletes, the exercises are more dynamic stretching than static, flowing from one stretch to the next. We also focus on joint stability and integrity, aiming to undo any damage caused by everyday life and to protect our bodies in the future. The great thing about Pilates is that the intensity and pace can be personalized to meet the needs of everyone.