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How Poor Leg Tracking Leads To Reduced Performance

Aug 25, 2020
 

Knees sticking out negatively impacts on a number of performance areas for any athlete.

You've probably seen those cyclists who ride with their knees sticking out to the side and athletes who run with their knees out to the side, but did you know that poor leg tracking such as this has a number of negative impacts on an athlete's performance?

Poor leg tracking can be seen when knees point out rather than tracking in line with the hip and foot. Poor leg tracking can also kick in when athletes become more fatigued and their form starts to deteriorate.

Why does this matter?

For cyclists, correct leg alignment is important to a good pedal stroke. While some cyclists will have slight variations, generally your foot, knee and hip should all track inline.

This alignment enables the most effective application of power down through the pedals, puts less strain on the knees and also happens to be more aerodynamic.

So, if someone is pedalling with poor leg alignment, this means they are...

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Is your posture impacting your breathing and performance?

Aug 18, 2020

The importance of breathing cannot be overemphasized.

On average, we breathe about 24,000 times per day, but how much attention does the average athlete pay to their breathing?

In order to perform at their best, athletes needs to be able to efficiently and effectively breathe oxygen into their bodies and exhale the waste products out.

Here’s how Pilates For Sports can help athletes develop this process.

 

THE BREATHING PROCESS

When we breathe in we expand our chest and lungs, and our diaphragm contracts and is pulled downward to make room for the lungs to expand. Outside our body, the air pressure is greater and air is drawn in when we inhale. Thus, the diaphragm lowers the internal air pressure and increases the volume of air in the chest cavity allowing us to expand our lungs.

When our diaphragm relaxes, it moves up, the rib cage contracts, the lungs collapse, the cavity inside your body gets smaller the air is pushed up and out your body – we exhale.

So, if we...

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Wearable Data Integration

Aug 04, 2020

Sync your wearable smart device with the new Pilates For Sports app to automatically upload your fitness data to your Dash!

The Pilates For Sports app is the ultimate companion to your workouts.

By syncing your favourite smart device – be it Apple Watch, FitBit or even other fitness apps through your smart phone like Apple Health, MyFitness Pal or Withings – you can store and measure your fitness progress through tracking steps, sleep, calories burned, heart rate, lean body mass and blood pressure.

This data is crucial not only for you to help understand how you’re tracking, but also for us to use to ensure we give you the best advice and training to help you achieve your goals!

Once synced, all of this data can be found on the Pilates For Sports app Dash, which is also fully customisable so you only see the stats you want to see, and even comes with visual graphs to help you track your progress.

 With all this information at your fingertips, as well as the...

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