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8.5 Pilates




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This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.

8.5 Pilates

Pilates is becoming increasingly popular as off-ice training for
skaters. Although many variations of the original method exist, the
common aim of all the exercises is to work the deep core muscles, with
an emphasis in correct body alignment and stretching . They increase
both strength and flexibility, without adding bulk. While many
exercises require a special machine with pulleys and springs (somewhat
resembling a torture instrument!) , some can be done on the floor or
on a mat. The disadvantage of Pilates compared to other types of
cross-training is the relatively higher cost, particularly when using
private instruction. Callanetics and even ballet can also achieve
similar results.

 

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