Football Does Pilates

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Kathryn Ross Nash's son Zak is a star Running Back for the University of Chicago Football Team and throughout his football career, he has relied on Pilates to keep him strong, fast and injury free. In this athletic demonstration of what Pilates can do for football players, Zak has brought together his teammates for their first Pilates session. Watch in awe as Kathi gives these boys a workout that makes what they do on the field seem tame in comparison. After a brutal mat workout, Kathi leads them through an equally challenging circuit of apparatus exercises, push ups and squats. Find out what the players learned when they share their comments at the end! This session was filmed at the 2013 Classical Pilates Conference Chicago for info on attending future workshops like this one, please visit The Pilates Core. For info on training with Kathi visit:

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  1. cybernetics
    cybernetics 1 year ago

    Wow I loved this, Kathi Ross Nash is the best! The boys had a blast, and I’m sure some of them are hooked.
    Thank you I really enjoyed this, I will try the matwork part.

  2. rshall 6 years ago

    This will be my go-to quick mat workout from now on. Love the flow and energy.

  3. susan h lawrence
    susan h lawrence 6 years ago

    The Queen! I smiled the whole way through.

  4. AHORRY 7 years ago

    Great work Kathi! Loved watching you beat those boys up… and they said it was easy .. yeah yeah 🙂

  5. Reb 7 years ago

    Loved watching this. Thanks, Kathi!

  6. Suebelle
    Suebelle 7 years ago

    I am sharing this with every male doubter of Pilates. xo

  7. DonnaLongo

    Great job Kathi! I’ve been way to easy on myself and my clients…I think I’ll start cracking the whip a little more. My boys are 12 and 14 and I’m dying to get them doing this. Thanks!

  8. ladyjane 7 years ago

    Well done boys!!! Brilliant Kathy! Had dem boys sweating’ girl! Pilates is a workout!! And it is fun!! This is how it should be!

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Thank you! we do this every year at Dana Santi’s Classical Pilates Event in Chicago. Zak tells the fresh new crop that they are in for a Pilates Class- you know some gentle stretching…

    • marie
      marie 7 years ago

      Why dont you come and work with our Swedish football teams?
      My son changed his view on pilates after seeing this video……

  9. Andrea Maida
    Andrea Maida 7 years ago

    This was great fun to watch. Moving to hear the players’ thoughts afterwards – and boy did they make those push ups with the claps look easy! Well done!

  10. joesmat 7 years ago

    This is the business! Really enjoyed observing and following along on my mat with this class, and it was immediately evident how much everyone was enjoying it. I have never seen so many men in a Pilates class.
    Mr Pilates one would imagine would have thrived on this stuff.
    Thank you again Kathryn Ross Nash and Pilatesology.

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