Nathan Fyfe wins Brownlow Medal and thanks his Pilates Instructor!
It was interesting to hear Nathan Fyfe giving credit to Pilates for helping him win the 2019 Brownlow Medal for the AFL’s Best and Fairest Player. This was his second Brownlow Medal in 5 years but he had a difficult year last year with a serious hamstring injury limiting the number of games played. Just after the hamstring injury he started working with a Pilates instructor and feels this was significant in making 2019 such a success. He played all but 2 games (one with concussion and the other an elbow infection) and felt he was able to contribute strongly each time he played.
This comes as no surprise to those working with Pilates as an exercise approach. The Pilates Method is underpinned by an emphasis on core trunk stabilisation and finely tuned body and movement awareness. Many of the exercise routines involve stabilizing the spine while focusing the movement precisely at the appropriate joints to increase the power and efficiency of the movement. The end result is less energy expenditure for a more powerful and accurate performance. Emphasis is placed on attaining smooth flowing movements with muscle groups working synergistically reducing the strain created by poorly executed movements.
We all know if you stop trying to hit the golf ball so hard it usually goes further and straighter. This happens because when you reduce the effort you allow for better execution of the task creating a better result. Using the Pilates Method to enhance your ability to move with fluid and efficient movement patterns can improve performance and reduce the risk of injury no matter what you do. It is not just elite athletes seeing the benefits of Pilates but weekend walkers, gardeners, golfers, cyclists and the list is endless. Even sedentary people who don’t love the active lifestyle can use Pilates as a way to keep their bodies strong and moving well.
Just as Nathan Fyfe discovered Pilates can be used to help overcome an injury and to help in the prevention of injury. One of the consequences of having good trunk stability and precise and efficient movement patterns is the development of good muscle balances. Short muscles are gently lengthened and weak muscles are strengthened as you improve your exercise technique. There is a strong focus on postural awareness and endurance in postural muscles so it is also very helpful for sufferers of postural pain.
Who knows what you might be capable of if you give it a try?