With the first batch of voluntary offseason workouts wrapping up this week, the Redskins strength and conditioning staff is introducing a new workout to the rotation: Pilates.
A lot of attention has been brought to Pilates in recent years, as Kedric Golston got Lorenzo Alexander into the workout regimen (and then eventually into the Pilates studio business). Their subsequent success on the field led to increased interest from players like Rob Jackson and Perry Riley, who have tried out the routines on their own.
But now, according to strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, the workout routine will become mandatory for the entire team, in preparation for 2012:
Over the next nine weeks, Wright said that players will run four days a week, lift four times a week, with a mandatory Pilates class mixed in once a week. He eluded to the possibility of throwing some other workout wrenches in the mix as well.
Pilates may not get much respect in your average NFL locker room, but this is a big step for the organization to embrace the workout. While weight training and running can prepare the big muscles for the physical strain of football, Pilates helps increase flexibility and strength in the core muscles, as well as the smaller support muscles.
For a roster that battled injuries for much of 2011, adding Pilates is a big step towards injury prevention in 2012.
Tags: Kedric Golston, Lorenzo Alexander, perry riley, pilates, ray wright, rob jackson, strength and conditioning, washington redskins
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