Pilates - The power of core strength, Injury prevention and the way it cured me!!!

  • justinlee86

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    Apr 14, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    I had a bulging disk which created sciatica almost two years ago, which led me to start seeing a Physical Therapist who uses Pilates as his form of recovery and injury rehabilitation.

    Let's begin by my stating that I had a preconceived notion that Pilates is for old women. That is the attitude I brought into my sessions.

    Well, after about two months I started feeling the progress I had made by creating a strong core and utilizing "neutral spine." Needles to say my back pain and sciatica disappeared.

    I recently started having knee pains and went back to my PT. He immediately identified that my "neutral spine" was off and started correcting me again. After one week of training my knee pain is gone.

    I just wanted to share the power of Pilates and to not overlook it within your training. I am now a firm believer of it.

    Sorry, needed to rant about my experience on Pilates.
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    Apr 14, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    I do mat pilates that really has helped my upper back and shoulders. It is something I think anyone who is fitness motivated should consider doing it a few days a week especially as we age, it keeps us limber and strengthens our core.

    I enjoy it.
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 14, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    I agree with you...I am completely in awe with Pilates. Anyone that knows the pain of injury should look into Pilates.

    I do advise make sure you train with someone that knows what they are talking about, since the slightest adjustment to the body makes the exercise much more effective. So a trained eye is crucial.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 14, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    Thanks for the thread.. and I agree with you. Many guys view pilates as something "women do and not men". We recently had a huge pilates class at the YMCA.. mostly women unfortunately.. and I heard several comments about "the pilates women".....I hope more men participate.

    Glad to hear you are doing better and have become a believer...
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    Apr 14, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    Pilates is like yoga in that it's as difficult as you care to make it. Do either right and you'll find they're the hardest workouts you've ever done.
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 14, 2011 2:55 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidThanks for the thread.. and I agree with you. Many guys view pilates as something "women do and not men". We recently had a huge pilates class at the YMCA.. mostly women unfortunately.. and I heard several comments about "the pilates women".....I hope more men participate.

    Glad to hear you are doing better and have become a believer...


    Thank you!!! Yes, I most definitely have become a believer. But as I mentioned, if it wasn't for the injury you could have never gotten me into a Pilates class.

    Now, I just want to encourage everyone to do so LOL icon_biggrin.gif
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 14, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidPilates is like yoga in that it's as difficult as you care to make it. Do either right and you'll find they're the hardest workouts you've ever done.


    I agree, but good form and posture is used more than in Yoga. Well, I mean for injury prone people like myself. I do enjoy yoga every so often, but the extreme stretches tend to hurt my already beat down body...
  • starboard5

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    Apr 14, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    " I do enjoy yoga every so often, but the extreme stretches tend to hurt my already beat down body..."


    Then you need to modify the poses. Yoga is never supposed to hurt. In asana practice you aim for a balance of ease and effort.
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 14, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    starboard5 said " I do enjoy yoga every so often, but the extreme stretches tend to hurt my already beat down body..."


    Then you need to modify the poses. Yoga is never supposed to hurt. In asana practice you aim for a balance of ease and effort.


    I know but with my bad back anytime I am out of a "neutral" spine position I tend to create inflammation and it starts pushing against my sciatic nerve...so thats why I tend to stick with pilates.

  • Apr 14, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Great post justinlee--I agree 100%!!!

    I suffered a compressed disk from years of wear and tear from sports, exacerbated by a partial slip-and-fall injury in January 2007--and my physical therapist, who works with a number of pro and amateur athletes, put me on a hardcore pilates and core-strengthening regimen which not only saved my back, but also got me in amazing shape, athletically-speaking.

    Fast forward 4 years, and after easing off my workout routine last year, I suffered a slight relapse in January of this year, so I got back on my pilates and core-strengthening regimen, and 3-4 months later, my body feels amazing again. Core is solid as a rock, and back is able to withstand 3 hours of basketball 3 days a week, 2 days of lifting, 2 days of baseball, 1 day of ice hockey skating practice/drills, and one night of league bowling (lol).
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    Apr 14, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    justinlee86 saidI had a bulging disk which created sciatica almost two years ago, which led me to start seeing a Physical Therapist who uses Pilates as his form of recovery and injury rehabilitation.

    Let's begin by my stating that I had a preconceived notion that Pilates is for old women. That is the attitude I brought into my sessions.

    Well, after about two months I started feeling the progress I had made by creating a strong core and utilizing "neutral spine." Needles to say my back pain and sciatica disappeared.

    I recently started having knee pains and went back to my PT. He immediately identified that my "neutral spine" was off and started correcting me again. After one week of training my knee pain is gone.

    I just wanted to share the power of Pilates and to not overlook it within your training. I am now a firm believer of it.

    Sorry, needed to rant about my experience on Pilates.


    Great post. Now try convincing str8 dudes with back pain that pilates can help. Talk about some crazy ass looks.
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 15, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]RealSportsJock said[/cite]Great post justinlee--I agree 100%!!!

    Yes, I am glad to hear you agree!!!
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 15, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]catfish5 said

    Great post. Now try convincing str8 dudes with back pain that pilates can help. Talk about some crazy ass looks. [/quote]

    Well I used to be one of those meatheads hahaha...
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    Apr 15, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    justinlee86 saidI had a bulging disk which created sciatica almost two years ago, which led me to start seeing a Physical Therapist who uses Pilates as his form of recovery and injury rehabilitation.

    Let's begin by my stating that I had a preconceived notion that Pilates is for old women. That is the attitude I brought into my sessions.

    Well, after about two months I started feeling the progress I had made by creating a strong core and utilizing "neutral spine." Needles to say my back pain and sciatica disappeared.

    I recently started having knee pains and went back to my PT. He immediately identified that my "neutral spine" was off and started correcting me again. After one week of training my knee pain is gone.

    I just wanted to share the power of Pilates and to not overlook it within your training. I am now a firm believer of it.

    Sorry, needed to rant about my experience on Pilates.


    Pilates both fixed my back problems and made me a more powerful rugby player. Old women my ass. Glad you got something out of it. Great story.

    PS: A rant is angry. A rave is what you gave us. :-)
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    Apr 15, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    justinlee86 said[quote][cite]catfish5 said

    Great post. Now try convincing str8 dudes with back pain that pilates can help. Talk about some crazy ass looks.


    Well I used to be one of those meatheads hahaha...[/quote]

    Sad thing is most people would rather just have back surgery than make an attempt at helping themselves with pilates (or any type of exercise for that matter). Very sad fact since some types of back surgeries don't have a very good success rate.
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 15, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Chip2Stan said
    justinlee86 said

    Pilates both fixed my back problems and made me a more powerful rugby player. Old women my ass. Glad you got something out of it. Great story.

    PS: A rant is angry. A rave is what you gave us. :-)


    Awe well a Rave it is haha
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 15, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    catfish5 said
    justinlee86 said[quote][cite]catfish5 said

    Great post. Now try convincing str8 dudes with back pain that pilates can help. Talk about some crazy ass looks.


    Well I used to be one of those meatheads hahaha...


    Sad thing is most people would rather just have back surgery than make an attempt at helping themselves with pilates (or any type of exercise for that matter). Very sad fact since some types of back surgeries don't have a very good success rate.[/quote]

    you are right...I even refused the steroid shot and sure enough after finishing his program I was like new...
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    Apr 15, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Our own Lostboy is a huge proponent of Pilates.
    He may even be an instructor by now.
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    Apr 15, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Is it just me and the fact that Im caribbean... or did anybody else read the first word as "Pirates"???
  • justinlee86

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    Apr 15, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    Pato_Rico saidIs it just me and the fact that Im caribbean... or did anybody else read the first word as "Pirates"???


    now I keep on reading pirate hahaha