There may not be another player in the NBA who works as hard as Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who knows pushing through the pain barrier is the key to improving his strength and conditioning.
Kobe Bryant of the U.S. Basketball Men’s National Team during his pilates workout at training camp. “Bryant is in the best shape of his life. He’s dropped eighteen pounds, has totally revised his diet, and is traveling with his own personal Pilates instructor. Leaner, longer, firmer, and stronger. Above Kobe works out on the Pilates Reformer. Pilates has been the exercise of the rich and famous and people in the know for decades. Men and women alike praise Pilates workouts for enhancing their performance on and off the playing field.
“ I do Pilates and yoga to stay in front of the curve. I feel like it’s helping me. Does it work for everybody? I don’t know. I’m not a guru on how to be in the best condition. Let me sit here and tell you that. But it works for me.” - LeBron James, Miami Heat
“Pilates has been great for my core and will help my strength when I’m down low in the post. Other guys won’t be able to move me off a spot easily.” – Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers
Kidd finished a close second in league-wide MVP voting and thinks Pilates deserves some credit. That’s why he says it’s a good bet that in the injury-riddled NBA, “Pilates is not going to be a secret for long.” At 34, Kidd had one of the best season of his career. It is unusual that a player his age is still considered one of the best at his position in the world and has actually improved as of late. But that’s what Pilates does for athletes that are looking for the edge.
There is simply no better workout for building deep internal core strength, developing long and lean muscles that are resilient under stress, preventing injury, and for fine tuning mental focus and deep core strength .
This allows the body to move from a center/anchor that enables Pilates Buff Jason Kidd, arguably the best Point Guard in the world , to seemingly defiy gravity and continue playing long and strong.
Real Men Do Pilates.