Pilates for cyclists: Sept and Oct 2014

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people-spineWe’ll be hosting a series of five Pilates for Cyclists classes upstairs in The Hub in early Autumn. The 90-minute sessions will take place on the following consecutive Saturdays: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th September and 4th October, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. The cost is £12 per 90-minute session, or £50 if you pay upfront for all five sessions.

The class is limited to 7 attendees, so to secure a place on one or more of the sessions, or to ask a question, please contact Melissa via this contact form. Mats and blocks will be provided. Just come along in comfortable clothes and you’ll be ready to go.

How pilates can benefit cyclists

For any cyclist, improving efficiency is key. The more power you can produce with less effort, the faster you can travel for longer. Pilates can help improve your efficiency and enjoyment of the sport by:

  • targeting the core muscles that help stabilise you on the bike, keeping your spine and upper body in the correct position as your legs turn the pedals;
  • improving flexibility, stretching certain muscle groups whilst strengthening others thus addressing the most common complaints suffered by cyclists:
  • tight hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps and shins;
  • weak gluteals;
  • hypermobile ankles;
  • rounded shoulders, forearm overuse and upper limb nerve irritation;
  • tight pectorals, necks and upper backs as a result of being hunched over the handlebars;
  • lower back pain from being flexed forward with the back and pelvis held rigid.

The world’s best cyclists on pilates

Chris Froome: “One of the things I wanted to do was calm my upper body movement down and become more stable. Pilates core strengthening work has helped me with that.”

Victoria Pendleton: “I’ve been doing Pilates for more than a year and for me, it’s been a real breakthrough in managing back pain and building my postural muscles. I have lots of lumbar spine issues from spending my life hunched over a bike.”

Bradley Wiggins: “I focus on strengthening my core for 30 minutes each day, mixing up Pilates and yoga moves and using exercise balls. Without a solid core you can’t transfer power efficiently, and you’ll be left with dust in your eyes, however strong your legs are.”