Pilates Exercises for Triathletes

Advice for a proper training program leading up to, hopefully, a personal best race day is plentiful. Whether that means standing on the podium or just finishing the race, the goal is to cross the finish line.

However, ultimately, race day all comes down to you. As a Pilates instructor, I train my athletes with three main points of focus: improve efficiency, decrease the risk of injury and create more body awareness—all by optimizing the body's mechanics. Pilates is the perfect way to do just that. All efficient body strength and movement stems from a strong and functional core. There is no leg day, no arm day, no core day—just full body integrated movement keeping everything working together in one piece. In swimming, running, biking—every piece is working together propelling each specific movement.

Pilates puts less stress on already over-stressed muscles and joints by focusing on the smaller stabilizer muscles. Without working these guys, the big ones will soon burn out, resulting in injury or decreased output. An awareness about how your own body operates and how you can optimize your own movement is an empowering skill that can carry you through race day.

These nine exercises will get you thinking more about your own body's movement and help you become one with it through awareness in fine movement. The ultimate goal is synergy, precision and flow.

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