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Pilates For Cross Training

I firmly believe Pilates makes everything better. I have been selling the exercise method as a form of cross training to many of my endurance athlete friends — primarily because many endurance athletes skimp on strength training due to lack of time, lack of interest, or they just plain don't know that there are so many reasons do it.

Pilates is great for runners, swimmers, and cyclists because it works the core, and a strong stable core makes you more efficient and less prone to overuse injuries, which can plague endurance athletes. As a cross-training method, Pilates works flexibility training into the many multitasking moves that make up the exercise repertoire. Keeping muscles flexible protects your joints and helps prevent injury. Lastly, Pilates is a form of functional fitness, meaning many of the exercises translate directly into everyday actions, from lifting heavy objects to leaning forward over handle bars.

If you're training for a marathon or a long-distance swim, make sure to schedule time for cross training and be sure to check out Pilates.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love Pilates, but I'm intimidated by the machines that I always see in the gym. Is the mat-style Pilates just as good? I have several Pilates DVDs that I do at home and I really do think they help my core and help me to incorporate muscles that I didn't know I even had.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
I like pilates and since I cycle, run, and ride horse, it's a great workout for me to strengthen my core. However, what i'm bummed about is that most pilates classes at my gym occur during the day, when i'm at work. Or, the classes on the machines cost $100/session. What's up with that?? Because of those reasons, I just stick with regular strength training, which I despise.
syako syako 8 years
I firmly believe Pilates makes everything better. This statement put a huge grin on my face, Fit! Mainly because it's so true! :D I do Pilates as my cross training (in fact, going today during my lunch break). Mrs Rachel, I'd suggest finding a local yoga/pilates studio and see if they have any newbie rates (like one near me has $5 Friday classes and another has first two weeks for $20) I'd take a few mat classes with an instructor to learn the method and the moves and gain confidence. Then, you could start doing your own workouts and/or get DVDs, but I would definitely go to classes first.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
Anyone have any tips about starting Pilates? I am very interested, but I don't have the money for a gym membership. Is this something that I can learn/do on my own?
The-Fitness-Guru The-Fitness-Guru 8 years
An essential element of Pilates is that one of the key goals is the constant re-balancing of the body. In our day-to-day lives we are thrown out of balance physically. Something as simple as sleeping on your side when you're not accustomed to the position can irritate your lower back for days. Pilates is a brilliant means of striving to re-balance. I train all my athletes, from ultra-endurance runners to pro boxers to moms and dads looking for fitness, in Pilates so they have the information as foundation material for all of their athletics.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I've been doing pilates for about three years, and I'm totally obsessed. I love the way it makes me feel and look. Last night's class has left me so sore today!
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