Jake Arrieta became obsessed with Pilates after happening upon a studio in Austin one day with his wife, completely by chance.
Pilates? Sounded interesting. Arrieta figured he would take one or two classes a week. He walked into the studio and signed up for a class with an instructor named Liza Edebor. “I pitch for the Cubs,” he told her. It took him one session to get hooked, and how he’s a total Pilates junkie. After Arrieta’s first session with Edebor he told her, “We need to train together. This is life-changing.”
He took sessions three times a week. He ordered a custom-built reformer for Wrigley Field and put it in the only space available, a cramped storage room that doubled as manager Joe Maddon’s media interview room. Last season Maddon conducted media briefings while Arrieta ground through his Pilates workout just a few feet away.
Arrieta has since turned his garage into a Pilates studio, and his trainer works with him six days a week.
His trainer says, “Jake went from a regular-sized athletic guy to just ripped. And the only thing we did was Pilates.”
Here’s how Arrieta describes it:
“It’s an incredible experience,” Arrieta says. “Pilates has been around a long time but maybe was taboo in this sport. I think it’s only a matter of time before you see a reformer in every big league clubhouse. “What I noticed from Pilates last year was that I have much better control of my body,” Arrieta says. “I repeat my delivery consistently. My balance is much improved. And the mental and physical toughness Pilates requires to complete movements the correct way have directly helped me on the mound.”
(Excerpt from Business Insider online. You can find the article, in it’s entirety here: http://www.businessinsider.com/cubs-jake-arrieta-used-pilates-became-one-of-best-mlb-pitchers-2016-3)