For many, the benefits of hitting it hard on the treadmill or blasting through a high intensity gym routine has undeniable benefits, not least the adrenalin high. But its entirely possible to take your body through and intense gym workout and leave your mind in the locker room. So muscular control and mind-body awareness don’t feature. Pilates forces you to give 100% focus to executing any given exercise in order to activate and control the correct muscles and avoid the wrong ones from taking over. There’s no room for checking your Instagram feed or worrying about that nagging work email or letting your mind wander to other distracting places. Pilates is mindfulness on steroids. This can’t but help positively affect so many other areas of your life: better posture, better breathing, a stronger balanced body, happier joints, reduced pain and injury prevention. All combining into a powerful cocktail that enhances athletic performance. That’ why so many sports people use Pilates as a type of conditioning because sport often creates imbalances, pain and inefficiency in the body by overworking certain muscles. Pilates helps all of your muscles work more evenly. So if you’re in training for a big challenge or looking to boost your overall performance, pause to ask yourself what would really give you the edge you are looking for? Because it’s probably not going to be the addition of another gym session to your training plan that’s going to transform you.