Pilates for Triathletes
Gain the competitive edge through our Pilates workshops for Triathletes
Including: Pilates, Stretching, Therapy Balls and Guided Enhanced Triathlete Performance Meditation
Each activity in a Triathlon uses a different set of movements, different muscles and requires different skill-sets.
The duration of each activity and the long hours of training means there is a significant risk of postural imbalance, muscle strain and injury over time.
ZenergiZe Pilates is an incredibly effective form of body maintenance and injury avoidance.
Pilates for Swimming
Swim with better control and faster times – without straining your body.
Proper body alignment is critical. Swimmers need to work with the water and the slightest misalignment can cause them to work against it. Much of a swimmer’s training, however, focuses on working the global muscles – or the outside musculature system. It does not work the inside ‘stabilizing’ system. This bilateral imbalance leaves a swimmer open to misalignments which make certain parts of the body work harder than they should. That can add seconds to a competitive time or – even worse – to a variety of tears, pulls or strains.
Pilates exercises focus on strengthening this inner support system which consists of the deep abdominal muscles, and the muscles closest to the spine. The exercises develop core control by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle. Pilates can teach swimmers how to activate their inner support system to attain maximum balance and alignment as well as correct muscle “firing” patterns. This means the muscles activate when they should, within the dynamic of a particular movement.
Swimmers will also see stronger stomach muscles, which are the base of all their movements. For a swimmer a strong core will keep scapula, shoulders, pelvis and spine balanced and aligned so that they can lift their arms up and out of the water without the usual straining of the neck muscles, leading to less overall wear and tear on the body and a faster swim. In addition, Pilates exercises are performed at a deliberate pace, with proper mind-body control. This approach translates well to the pool, where many swimmers need to concentrate less on how far they have gone and more on breathing, body orientation and balance for a steadier race.
It’s the most isolative motion of the race. Maintaining the same posture, for long periods of time, with the legs working against as much resistance as possible, its both painful and potentially harmful.
The forward riding position places the lumbar spine into an almost flat and unsupported alignment,the forces and pressures from the pedalling action are working at right angles to it.
Unsurprisingly low back pain is a common problem for many cyclists.
And to finish, the run.
Often the runner’s bodyweight will be hitting the ground over thousands of strides, it’s also the section with the highest impact on joints and muscles alike.
Often triathlons are run on tarmac, a notoriously unforgiving surface that does nothing to cushion the impact
It’s compounded by the fatigue factor that comes from already having already completed 2 grueling disciplines, and that inevitably impacts on the runner’s posture, stability, technique and form. All of which significantly increase the stresses and resulting risks of injury.