Recently we introduced a new addition to the reformer at Palm Wellness, the jump board. Jump boards were originally designed for use with athletes and dancers that needed the exercise to improve the jump in their performance. They are now being introduced to even our moderate Tampa pilates students.
Shown in this picture, the jump board is placed at the bottom of the pilates machine, in front of the foot bar. While lying with your back on the reformer, students will use their legs to push off the board in a horizontal jumping motion.
The jump boards are a great cardio exercise and can also strengthen your core stomach and leg muscles more than most other exercises. The less resistance in the springs, the better the ab workout.
Clients of Palm Wellness by Natalie Maddox are raving about the jump boards calling it their favorite new addition to their workouts! Come in and try it today!
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Professional golfers Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate, David Duval and Annika Sorenstam have all spoken out in interviews to say that pilates has played an integral role in improving their golf swings.
Pilates, one of the fastest-growing fitness systems in the world, consists of over 500 exercises, some done on a machine called a reformer, some that can be done on a mat, and all initiating from the muscles in the abdomen, lower back, hips or buttocks.
Just like golf, pilates is a whole-body workout. The pilates movements are perfect for golfers looking to build endurance, speed and quickness. Golfers that add pilates to their workout routine are seen to consistently hit the ball farther, and straighter, while reducing their risk for injury.
In an article by USA TODAY, PGA Tour pro Rocco Mediate talks about how pilates helps him to strengthen his back and he believes it will prolong his career. He says in the article, “Pilates never compromises your back,” and, “I’ve got more motion in my shoulders, midsection and legs. I can repeat my basic swing more often. Pilates is going to add five, six, seven … years to my career.”
Palm Wellness offers private pilates classes in Tampa for golfers looking to give pilates a try. You should expect to see a difference after just a few weeks of training.
If pilates is good enough for the PGA professional golfers, it should be good enough for you!
Blog postings by Natalie Maddox Rougie, AP, DACM owner of Palm Wellness in Tampa, FL.