Pilates is big in Australia and the chance to start training with Faith at Limhamns Pilates was something I was looking forward to. I needed to choose between going to a gym, doing yoga or training Pilates. Looking back, I made the right choice.
From the beginning I noticed that my posture improved. I sat more upright in my car and felt I carried a better posture with ease. I wasn’t trying to hold a posture, I just felt I had found the right way to move with my body.
Secondly, I noticed a greater core strength improved from getting out of bed to holding a position on the bike. One movement we had focussed on was to move the femur from the stomach, to use the core to lift the leg. Often cyclists talk about spinning circles, pushing down and pulling up of the pedals, most just don’t do this because it’s hard to master. During one training session, I focussed on lifting my leg through lower power phase of the pedal stroke and noticed the ease at which I could increase my power from 360 watts to 380 watts (in a 4 minute effort).
Thirdly, I found my recovery from training sessions had improved, I suspect that a better posture and knowledge of my chain of movements, meant I was moving more efficiently and so didn’t suffer so much stress under the session. Also, to focus on Pilates movements during running sessions helped me focus on length, good posture and optimal breathing.
Lastly, at Tivoli last weekend, I could handle many of the more crazy rides by holding myself in place with a stronger core.
Faith’s knowledge of Pilates, her inspiring approach and ability to drive a training session mean that Pilates has become an important part of my preparation for Ironman Copenhagen in 2019.