Mat Workout for Athletes

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For this workout you'll join Matt Fuerbringer, a pro beach volleyball player who uses Pilates for core strength, injury prevention and flexibility. His tough workout emphasizes fixing imbalances that happen from playing a sport that uses 1 side of the body more than the other. Matt’s right side is stronger and tends to hike up in the hip, his right shoulder is tighter, and he needs strength in his hamstrings and glutes to balance and stretch his tight quads. If you too play a sport like tennis, golf, baseball, basketball or any others that create imbalances, you'll feel instantly stronger and more connected.

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  1. rshall 8 years ago

    My husband loved this one. He’s been doing pilates for about a year, and has gotten hooked! Thanks.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      That makes me beyond happy! One of our biggest goals is to see more guys doing Pilates, please let us know if he has requests for workouts, we will make them happen.

  2. Valerie@Bodywise 8 years ago

    Very nice! Matt is a picture of flexibility and strength. I would love to have been able to see his first few Pilates sessions to compare to this one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks Valerie! I always wish I had video of everyone’s first session too–Matt was already very strong in many ways but when he started you could see his imbalances very clearly. His low back was weak and he had gone through some ankle and hamstring issues. He’s great at keeping up his own workout and uses Pilates for a lot of his warm up so it’s really in his body at this point.

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  4. abarzdukas 9 years ago

    I watched this closely before teaching a mat class to 10 17-year-old volleyball players (aka my daughter’s team) and it was hugely helpful. They LOVED the class and loved being challenged — it is a ton of fun to teach athletes who are coachable and in tune with their bodies, if not their powerhouses.

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