5 Pilates Exercises for Cyclists

The key to sports-specific work is understanding the athletic requirements and adapting parts of the exercises in order to augment the results. In cycling, arm and shoulder endurance are often overlooked. Increased respiratory efficiency is always desired. Lower back and trunk flexibility will both improve rider comfort and power output.

Pilates can improve these qualities and most people find they have fewer injuries and greater output when they bring Pilates work into their program. Even a few Pilates sessions with "another pair of eyes" will help the athlete focus the work in targeted areas and improve performance. The sessions can be reinforced by mat work at home, which is detailed in the following exercises.

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