Have you found a sport that you love but at a loss as to what to do to improve your game? Virgin Actives, Gillian Reeves, offers some advice.More
According to Reeves, keen cyclists must balance the cardio they do whilst cycling with strengthening classes which will not only help strengthen your core and joints (reducing the risk of injury) but also improves balance and posture. 'Cyclists should include a conditioning or pilates class in to their routine at least twice a week to keep the body strong and less prone to injury. It’s important for them to include some resistance training, which is part of the classes, to keep supple and strong'. This doesn’t necessarily mean weights - both pilates and body conditioning classes use the body’s own weight as resistance.
'As any swimmer knows, a strong back is essential', says Reeves, 'To improve your swimming try a ViPR class (it stands for Vitality, Performance and Reconditioning) which works the whole body, burns calories, builds strength and has a really positive affect on the back'. During the class you drag, throw, roll, step on and flip weighted rubber tubes. So, not only will you be toned and burning maximum calories but it will improve your swimming performance resulting in quicker times and increased stamina.