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    G!RO are pleased to announce that Pilates classes especially designed for cyclists will be starting in January.

    Pilates is becoming widely seen as an effective form of exercise for cyclists to help strengthen core muscles and improve hip flexibility.

    The benefits of pilates are wide ranging. Stronger core muscles will help to stabilise you on the bike, especially as you tire, while an improved spinal position will help you to transfer power more efficiently and increase power output. Improved limb alignment and more stable joints will decrease knee and ankle injuries and greater flexibility and better posture which will address postural and muscle tightness and imbalances which cycling can bring. Improved balance will help with bike handling, and the resistance training included in Pilates will increase muscle strength without adding bulk and therefore improving power to weight ratio.

    All abilities welcome.

    To register your interest in Pilates for Cyclists classes, please email Hannah at hannah@girocycles.com

     

    About Pilates 

    Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883. He suffered from a number of childhood illnesses including asthma, rickets and rheumatoid arthritis and doctors told his parents to expect a short life expectancy. But Joseph proved them all wrong. Through experimenting in many different health and fitness approaches  he eventually combined yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, skiing self-defence, dance, circus training and weight training and created his own unique method that he named 'Contrology' later re-named Pilates where he re-built his own body strength and fine physique.

     Joseph lived through the war years and often taught his unique fitness method whilst being held in confinement and claimed it was the entire reason his fellow internes did not die from the influenza epidemic that killed thousands in 1918.

    In 1926 he emigrated to the USA and met his future wife Clara on the boat to get there. He continued to teach his method in a New York studio. Due to their close proximity to the New York Ballet many dancers sought out Joseph when they were injured, they then went on to become his assistants and greatly influenced the way in which his method evolved.

    His belief in the value of self discipline and the importance he placed on pilates fundamentals such as core strength would be clinically recognised in research studies carried out more than 20 years after his death. Joseph Pilates was a pioneer of his time.

     

     

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