Coaches Corner – Don’t let rain stop training

Let’s face it we live in England, it rains regularly in the summer so you can be sure it will rain more in the coming months.  Riding in the wet can be a miserable and uncomfortable experience, purely social riders can choose whether to ride but many riders book their events days, weeks or months in advance and there is no way to anticipate if it will be wet or dry.  You can decide not to start the event but you may have invested significant time and money getting to that start line, a DNS may not be an option.

So if you are going to complete wet events you need to train and prepare for those conditions.  The rain doesn’t have to spoil a beautiful day if you have trained and prepared to ride fast and stay safe despite the water.  So how do we adapt to cope well in the bad weather?      See more

Pilates

What is Pilates? by Teresa Harman

Pilates is a safe and effective way to train the mind and body using a floor mat and a variety of equipment. Pilates focuses on building a strong core through the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine.

Pilates builds strength without excessive bulk creating a streamlined and toned body helping towards achieving slender thighs and a flatter tummy (isn’t that what we all want!).

Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture with easy movements, whilst improving flexibility, agility and sound movement patterns. It can also alleviate back pain.

Pilates can be so beneficial to the older population as it reduces the risk of injury that weight bearing exercises can cause and is not as severe on the joints like other workouts can be. It also helps with a variety of age related ailments such as osteoporosis, lumbar stenosis, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

As a fully qualified instructor with 12 years’ experience, I offer a range of exercises to suit all ages and abilities and offer variations to existing well known Pilates exercises by using a variety of equipment to make the exercises as easy or as hard as you may like.

Read about why I enjoy Pilates here.