Why These 7 NFL Wide Receivers Do Pilates

By on April 22, 2015


http://www.stack.com/2015/04/17/wide-receivers-pilates/Learn why some NFL wide receivers practice Pilates and how it directly applies to their position on the football field.

Escaping the “that’s just for girls” mentality, Pilates has become popular among professional football players looking for an edge. The Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers have both incorporated Pilates into their training regimens. Like yoga, Pilates can improve flexibility, balance and strength.

Also like yoga, Pilates emphasizes elongating the muscles and creating space between the joints, while simultaneously building stability. Increased range of motion can help prevent injury and promote career longevity. Especially for those in highly mobile positions, like wide receivers, Pilates can facilitate more efficient movement on the field.

Leading by example, the following NFL receivers are using Pilates to their advantage, some as a complement to their weight training, and some as their primary method of strength training. Calvin Johnson Read more…

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