To excel as a cyclist you need a well-rounded fitness approach - one that strengthens a wide range if muscles and tones your whole body from head to toe. Whether you are a beginner cyclist or have been riding for years, you should know that in order to ride a bike you need balance. Lean to far over one way and you will probably find yourself falling.
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I get asked a lot as a Pilates instructor what the difference between Pilates and Yoga is. I then found this fabulous illustration above and thought it would be time to tell you all, so here you go:
Pilates is fairly new compared to Yoga and is only around 80 years old. It is a fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates and focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine. Pilates is a mind and body approach to exercise
Yoga is an ancient practice from India which is over 5000 years old knows as path to both physical as well as mental wellbeing and includes everything from a physical posture to a healthy diet, breathing, and relaxation and meditation skills. Yoga is also a mind and body approach to exercise but includes a spirited approach too.
I have quite a few clients that come to my Pilates classes that are still in school. Some people believe that these children shoudl be focusing on their school sports, and leaving the pilates to their mothers. How wrong these people are.
Improved concentration in the classrooms
Beyond the physical benefits of Pilates are the advantages it has when it comes to learning. It is believed that a weak core makes standing and sitting for extended periods at school difficult. If children are expending their energy throughout the day just to maintain stability, their stamina for homework and other afterschool activities may be depleted. A strong core conserves energy and allows them to be more tentative to schoolwork.
The combination of the focused breathing techniques, strengthening of the body can help children attain a much more serene and less stressful outlook. This would be particularly beneficial in the examination period where children are hunched over desks studying and writing their papers as well as benefiting their reactions to stress.
The Studio Group (TSG) has dedicated 3 of its classes today to benefit 2 charities of our choice. The Studio on Almond (6:45 am class and 5pm class) will donate their proceeds to Mdzananda Animal Clinic and The Studio on Roeland will donate their proceeds to The Children's Hospital Trust.
Further to this TSG will be creating an interesting twist (literally!) on the 67 minutes of Pilates and basing exercises used in the classes today on the muscles that the prisoners in Robben Island used when working with the lime stone. To bio-mechanically try and explain what these prisoners went through on a daily basis we have picked two of the most obvious movements and provided, brief explanations ( we would be here all day if I had to explain in detail the torture that these guys bodies were put through.