While regular training is crucial for improving athletic performance, neglecting conditioning and recovery training can be detrimental to cyclists's overall health and progress.
Many cyclists focus solely on their sport-specific training, such as endurance or strength workouts, without paying attention to their conditioning and recovery needs. This can lead to imbalances in the body, increased risk of injury, and decreased performance. Pilates and mobility exercises, for example, can help to address these issues by improving flexibility, stability, and core strength. By incorporating these types of training into their routines, cyclists can enhance their overall physical function, reduce the risk of injury, and improve their athletic performance in the long run.
But, what is Pilates and what is Mobility?
Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that emphasizes proper posture, controlled movements, and breath. It aims to strengthen the core muscles, improve flexibility, balance, and overall body awareness. Mobility, on the other hand, refers to the ability of a joint to move through its full range of motion without restriction or pain. It involves flexibility, stability, and strength training to improve movement efficiency and reduce the risk of injury.
Together, Pilates and mobility exercises can help individuals achieve better physical function and overall well-being.
How can Pilates and Mobility help you if you are a cyclists
Regular Pilates and mobility practice can offer numerous benefits for cyclists, including:
- Improved flexibility: Pilates and mobility exercises can help to increase joint mobility, which can improve overall flexibility and range of motion. This can reduce the risk of injury and enhance athletic performance.
- Increased core strength: Pilates emphasizes core stability and strength, which is essential for maintaining proper posture and form during exercise. A strong core can also improve overall balance and stability.
- Reduced risk of injury: Pilates and mobility exercises can help to correct muscle imbalances and improve overall body alignment, which can reduce the risk of injury during training and competition.
- Enhanced recovery: Mobility exercises can help to increase blood flow and reduce muscle tension, which can aid in post workout recovery.
- Improved performance: Pilates and mobility practice can enhance athletic performance by improving flexibility, strength, and overall body control.
- Reduced stress and tension: Pilates and mobility practice can also help to reduce stress and tension, which can improve mental focus and overall well-being.
How can we, at Eat Sleep Cycle help you feel better and perform better
My name is Mun Bau and I am the responsible for teaching Pilates and Mobility to Eat Sleep Cycle staff and clients.
I have been a qualified Pilates Instructor by Polestar Pilates Australia, since 2019. I am also a cyclist. So I totally get you.
In my experience, incorporating Pilates and Mobility into a training regimen for cycling is be a great way to improve overall fitness and performance. I see it in daily in myself and in the feedback I get from my clients.
Pilates and Mobility can be done as a standalone workout or as a complement to other forms of exercises and it can be done with minimal equipment, making it a convenient and accessible option for athletes on the go.
One of the great things about Pilates is that it is highly customizable to the individual’s needs and abilities. When taught by a qualified professional, it can easily be adapted to suit different levels of fitness and can be modified for any injuries or limitations.
As a Pilates instructor, I can also provide personalized guidance and feedback to help cyclists achieve their goals.
It’s important to note that Pilates and Mobility should not be seen as a replacement for cycling training. Rather, it should be viewed as a complement to other forms of exercise.
In conclusion, Pilates and Mobility can be a highly beneficial form of exercise for cyclists.
Join us for a pilates taster session & brunch on Saturday 23rd September!