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sports
conditioning series
A balanced physique is shown to be less
injury prone and more able to cope
with unexpected movement patterns
Many elite players are already using Proactive Health supplies STOTT Pilates
the sort of equipment that’s found equipment to football clubs including
in health clubs to improve their Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United,
performance on the pitch. For example, Manchester City and Charlton Athletic,
Hull City FC currently uses Star Trac’s as well rugby clubs such as the Welsh
total body trainers, upright bikes and RFU and the New Zealand All Blacks, all
steppers, while Fulham FC, the British of which advocate pilates to their players.
Lions Rugby Union Club and the England “Pilates targets the rebalancing
Rugby Union team work out on its of the physique to compensate for
NXT Spinner® bikes to boost aerobic the unbalancing effects of the sport
fi tness. Likewise, Matrix Fitness Systems itself,” says Chris Onslow, director of
supplies kit to Stoke City FC to improve Proactive Health and Pilates Solutions.
cardiovascular fi tness, speed and “A balanced physique has been shown to
endurance, while the Scottish national be less prone to injury and more able
rugby team uses the Dual Adjustable to cope with unexpected or unplanned
Pulley System from Life Fitness to movement patterns – for example,
perform a range of exercises that mimic when tackling or in scrums.”
movements on the pitch. Given that many health clubs already
In addition to equipment, players offer both the equipment and the classes
can boost their fi tness by taking part that elite football and rugby players
in classes such as group cycling or employ in their training, they might
circuit training. Many clubs are also consider marketing these facilities to
investing in pilates equipment to target local clubs, which often don’t have the
unbalanced musculature, and to develop funding for their own gyms. Health clubs
core strength and deep stabilising could also introduce specifi c programmes
muscles around limbs and joints: for their rugby- and football-playing
members; in doing so, they may be able
to attract new members too. As Reid
Bond Fitness (above) offers elite
points out: “A lot of my private clients
expertise to amateur sports players;
are recreational athletes. They would
and (left) the British Lions rugby
jump at the chance of having a rugby- or
squad in training with York Fitness
football-specifi c programme.”
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