A common complaint from many cyclists is back pain. This is predominately due to a cyclists posture when riding. As they are usually hunched over, cyclists often suffer from rounded shoulders, tight calves, hip flexors, hamstrings and lower back muscles, and core weakness.
These are all issues, particularly core weakness, which can be improved by incorporating Pilates into a cyclists training. This is because Pilates is known for its ability to improve flexibility and posture, which in turn contributes to better core strength and better support for the lower back.
A strong core is important for maintaining a healthy back, and a healthy back is vital for cyclists. Core strength helps cyclists transfer more power to the pedal by providing a solid platform for the lower body to push against.
Pilates helps create, and maintain a strong core through targeting the deep core muscles of the abdomen and spine and focusing on proper alignment of the pelvis. Through this targeting Pilates can help stabilise the spine whilst allowing the limbs to move. Further benefits cyclists can experience from Pilates include:
- Greater effectiveness in pedal strokes
- Increased upper body strength
- Prevention of lower back pain
- Improved balance
- More efficient recovery of leg muscles
- Better endurance through focused breathing
- Correction of muscle imbalances
At PilatesCan we offer both mat classes and small group semi-private classes. Cyclists in Canberra can often find the more generalised exercises in our mat classes helpful in creating a strong core and working their upper body with both resistance and stretches, and sometime both at once. However for those who want a more focused approach semi-private equipment pilates sessions are ideal. In these sessions our Instructors can provide more individual attention and tailor your Pilates so that you are doing exercises that will specifically help you toward your personal cycling goals.
If you are interested in improving your cycling contact us now at PilatesCan!