Sophie Dahl called her the “Priestess of Pilates”, The Times went for the “Queen of Pilates” and The Observer “The First Lady of Pilates.”
It’s fair to say, Lynne Robinson knows her stuff when it comes to Pilates, a form of exercise known for developing core strength, correcting misalignment, and stretching out tight muscles – all things most cyclists could do more of.
This week we were treated to an entire class led by Lynne, who is the co-founder of Body Control Pilates Education. We enjoyed her relaxed style of teaching, and down to earth attitude – we couldn’t help but giggle when she used the common phrase: “Send your breath to your hips,” and then added: “not that that’s anatomically possible, but you know what I mean.”
We caught up with her after the class to ask exactly which exercises are best suited to cyclists. She explained: “Most cyclists have weak glutes, and tight hips – so we look to address those areas. My top three would be Spine Curls, The Star and arm opening exercises.”