Pilates at CrossFit Red Dragon
At CRFD we run mat classes, where we use small equipment and body weight to perform the exercises.
Pilates aims to strengthen the core, improve your posture, stabilise the joints, elongate the spine and develop balance and overall strength. You work from the centre of your body outward, forcing you to focus on your body awareness and core strength, resulting in an overall stronger body.
There are many other benefits to doing Pilates outside of just physical improvements, it has been proven to help your mind body awareness, relieve stress and improve nervous system function, just to name a few things.
One of the really great things about Pilates is it can be adjusted to all skill levels and you don’t need any prior experience. So don’t be afraid to come try it out, trust me you’ll feel better for it.
Pilates & CrossFit
In terms of Pilates and CrossFit, they are very different types of workouts, however adding Pilates to your schedule can have great benefits to your CrossFit.
A great analogy is that ‘You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.’ What that means is that you can only develop the larger muscles to the point that the smaller stabilising muscles can cope. Otherwise you are at risk of injury in the long or short term. Pilates helps you develop those stabilising muscles allowing you to reach new performance levels.
A key principle to both disciplines is to increase our functional strength. Improving our body awareness, developing a mind/body connection and improved stability through Pilates will help to boost your CrossFit gains.