Mountain Bike Holiday Camps

Mountain Bike Holiday Camps

Mountain Bike Holiday Camps

Despite Storm Dennis and the aftermath of wind and rain, our mountain bike holiday camps for kids went ahead last week without too much disruption. Over the half term week over 50 children braced the wild conditions, wrapped up warm and headed out onto the trails for some great outdoors fun from Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Horndean, Hampshire.

Over each day we ran different groups based on ability from our beginners learning about bike control and handling skills like cornering and braking, to more advance sessions for riders who where looking to progress their riding and start jumping.

All the sessions link together progressive coaching using fun games and feedback. Our young riders also got to play coach, in the advance group, giving feedback to each other making positive suggestions and giving helpful tips to other riders.

Thank you to our super coaching team Renee, Francie and Jools who passed on their own mountain biking experiences and made the sessions enjoyable for all riders.

Pilates workout for cyclists

Pilates workout for cyclists

If you want to be a ‘better’ cyclist you just put in ‘more miles’ right? Although to a certain extent yes, there are significant benefits to come out of ‘off bike’ training such as Pilates. Having a strong core can make it easier for you to climb and move around the bike. But many of us neglect our core muscles in favour of a few extra hours on the bike. A strong core can help revolutionise your cycling technique whether you prefer skinny or fat tyre antics.

So, what is Pilates?
Pilates focuses on the ‘inner core’ of our bodies, developing strength from the innermost structures and works outwards. Rather than working our bodies through muscle isolation, Pilates focuses on posture, strength, mobility and flexibility from head to toe, moving the body in complete flowing movements, not isolated parts.

Why is Pilates good for cyclists?
Besides the recognised benefits of taking time out to focus on you in a calming and relaxing environment, it can actually improve your cycling form, efficiency and power.

Pilates:

  • Develops a strong core and back for stable upper body
  • Builds cycling specific strength and muscle control
  • Increases flexibility and helps relieve tightness in cycling specific muscles
  • Reduces pain and discomfort from long stints in the saddle by building strength and stability in your muscles
  • Breath work helps to speed up recovery time as well as building focus and mental stillness needed for tackling trail features
  • Helps prevent and avoid injuries by creating an all-round more functional moving pattern
  • Increases balance by working on muscle control, this transfers to the bike, when you’re moving around the bike

Here is a little video on how to work your legs and core using Pilates principles.

To join a Pilates class near you and start feeling the benefits click here.

Pilates workout – B is for balance

Pilates workout – B is for balance

Balance and coordination are so important, as we get older we tend to lose our ability to balance and coordinate movements effectively. We spend our lives running around in shoes which give support to your foot, let your feet out of your shoes and try this simple balance workout at home.

This 5 minute balance video gives you some ideas on how you can work on your balance at home each day, only 5 minutes a day! Will you take my balance challenge? Let me know how you are getting on over on my Facebook channel.

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My Pilates workouts start off with easy levels and increase in difficulty, please adapt and use the levels that are right for you. Reduce the range of movement or number of reps if you find it too hard. These are a great addition to one of my weekly Pilates classes. 

What is Pilates?

Pilates builds functional strength, this means building strength throughout your body without compromising flexibility, and therefore good alignment and posture. It is a holistic fitness program which incorporates both eastern and western thinking. It requires you to focus on individual muscles and this added focus and concentration helps to create that mindful connection from your brain to your body. Unlike many exercises which target the superficial muscles, Pilates goes deeper starting with your core muscles and working out creating a strong and supple body.

Pilates workout – B is for balance

Pilates workout – Core strength for movement and stabilisation

Welcome to my new Pilates workout Wednesday series. Every week I am going to bring you a new Pilates workout you can do from the comfort of your own home. I know sometimes we are all time crunched and don’t get time to spend an hour on ourselves (we should!) so my workouts are all under 10 minutes long and can be done from anywhere by anyone in most cases.

This week is a mixture of exercises that are good for promoting improves mobility and strength through your core.

My Pilates workouts start off with easy levels and increase in difficulty, please adapt and use the levels that are right for you. Reduce the range of movement or number of reps if you find it too hard. These are a great addition to one of my weekly Pilates classes. 

What is Pilates?

Pilates builds functional strength, this means building strength throughout your body without compromising flexibility, and therefore good alignment and posture. It is a holistic fitness program which incorporates both eastern and western thinking. It requires you to focus on individual muscles and this added focus and concentration helps to create that mindful connection from your brain to your body. Unlike many exercises which target the superficial muscles, Pilates goes deeper starting with your core muscles and working out creating a strong and supple body.

Brecon Beacons mountain bike mini break

Brecon Beacons mountain bike mini break

Inspired by the sun today we thought we would share a little video of our mini break to South Wales. Mountain biking is an awesome way to experience the outdoors and get back to nature, all of our mini breaks include wild trail rides as well as skills coaching by experienced mountain bike coaches, Pilates, comfy beds and comforting food.

To book onto our next South Wales mini break visit our weekend breaks page here. This mountain bike mini break is perfect for those who have been riding blue and red graded trails at trail centres and fancy getting off the beaten track away from signposts and going where there is less ‘traffic’. You will need a good level of fitness and have been riding a mountain bike for at least a year to enjoy the trip. Please get in touch if you have any questions.