Pilates for Hockey Players
In Jennifer Mongeluzo’s world, Pilates can help everybody, even a couple of bruising hockey players. To prove it, the owner of The Pilates Centre on West Avenue invited Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey players Greg Mauldin and Matt Martin in for a pilates workout Wednesday to give them a taste of what they’re missing.
“I’m surprised more athletes don’t incorporate it into their regiment,’’ Mongeluzo said. “Flexibility is such an important part of any fitness program.”Mongeluzo and assistant Sarah Rosenstein put Mauldin and Martin through a session to work on flexibility and core strength at the Pilates Centre. Both players can see how Pilates sessions could benefit their bodies, and their careers.
“It’s hard on the body,’’ Martin said. “Flexibility and core rotation are real big for hockey players, and I think it could be helpful if we did this during the season. If we could get together and do it as a group it would be a good for team building.”Mauldin, who leads the Sound Tigers in scoring, has worked on gymnastics training during summers and felt Pilates worked on similar muscle groups.
“But I never used the machines before,’’ Mauldin said. “I’ve never had issues with a groin pull or a hip injury, and I can see how this training can help avoid those kinds of injuries. That’s a big thing for me.”
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