Sportive Blogger Gavin Hughes talks about how Pilates helps with his cycling, 19th June, 2012 www.britishcycling.org.uk:
After my last enforced absence – I looked for something pro-active I could do to prevent the pain – and the cycling cold turkey – from re-occurring. One of the big problems is trying to fit a middle aged, depleted, non-symmetrical body (me) on to a perfectly symmetrical machine (bike).
In the days when I worked closer to home – I could attend a pilates and a hatha yoga class, and I found that the pains and the injuries were kept at bay. Not only that – after a few weeks I could touch my toes, stand on my head and talk in terms of planks, locusts and bridges!
Last Thursday – I attended a pilates class – for the first time in a year – and was astounded at how much suppleness and core strength I have lost. With the worrying thought of missing a summer of sportives and an Etape through injury – I have resolved to take up pilates and try to re-align the crooked spine and lengthen those short hamstrings.
For the full article please visit: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/article/sp20120619-cyclo-sportive-Sportive-Blog—Gavin-Hughes—-9-June-