I am really excited to be introducing a new section on Lucy Says: Spotlight On. Every month I will be interviewing a strong, fearless female and featuring them on the blog in a move to help promote them and all the wonderful things they are doing. I will be bringing you features on ladies from the health, wellness, food, beauty and lifestyle industries.
To kick off Spotlight On I’d like to introduce you to Sarah McLachlan, an inspiring and extremely dedicated cyclist, Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor.
Who is Sarah?
Originally from Sydney, Sarah McLachlan is a “crazy”, hill-climbing road cyclist, a fully qualified Physiotherapist, and a Pilates and AntiGravity Yoga Instructor. She races the National Road Series across the country for Arbitrage Racing Women’s Team, holds records on Strava for the likes of Mont Ventoux in France and Passo della Stelvio in Italy, loves pole dancing at Bobbi’s and is passionate about promoting female cycling. There’s not much this girl doesn’t do, and if you ask me – she’s pretty damn inspiring!
I aim to inspire and motivate women of all ages to ride, enjoy the bike and encourage them to try racing. I endeavour to represent a holistic and healthy approach to cycling, with regards to balancing wholesome nutrition, fun and laughter and healthy competitiveness.
When Sarah’s not riding her bike, she runs a holistic training company: MoveTrainGlow through which she offers private Physiotherapy, Personal Training, Pilates and AntiGravity Yoga.
MoveTrainGlow places a strong emphasis on working with the everyday enthusiast to elite athletes, to stretch tight, overactive muscle groups and strengthen core muscles, in order to prevent injury, promote body symmetry and support optimum health.
Pilates for Cyclists
A new and exciting development for MoveTrainGlow has been the introduction of Pilates for Cyclists, which is supported heavily by the Perth cycling community. Classes are made up of both men and women, who want to work on stretches and strengthening core muscles to complement their rigorous training schedules. Sarah’s classes are mat based and cover everything from legs, gluteals and abdominal core stability work, plus some heavenly stretching. For example, she works on connecting the upper limb stability in weight-bearing with hip and pelvic control, so that when you are sprinting or climbing on the bike, you are more steady, solid and can project more power.
Sarah runs Pilates for Cyclists at both Wembley Cycles, and Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy, and you can enquire by sending her an email.
AntiGravity Yoga… going upside down!
Sarah is also an AntiGravity Yoga Instructor – adding that onto her long list of talents last year. Assembled by world-class gymnastics specialist and Broadway dancer Christopher Harrison, his style merged athletic power with the creativity of dance to create AntiGravity Yoga. It involves a series of exercises inspired by Yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a silk hammock – similar to those used by both the singer Pink, and in Cirque du Soleil performances. Compared to regular mat based Yoga, the ability to do inversions means you can press the reset button on your body, which is one of many of the benefits of AntiGravity Yoga. These include:
- Decompress tight joints and stretch further with less strain
- Core strengthening and lengthening and increased muscular strength & flexibility
- Relieving pressure while aligning the vertebrae
- Perform advanced yoga & postural inversions without neck or back compression
- Refreshes the lymphatic, digestive & circulatory systems
- Releases “happy hormones” i.e. serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin, dopamine Increases the
- Neuroplasticity of the brain (one’s ability to learn)
- Hold challenging yoga postures longer and in correct alignment
- Muscular tension release through self-massage techniques
- Self-esteem enhancement through conquering fears
- Increased kinesthetic awareness
- Fine-tuning balance & increased proprioception
- Create better body awareness while increasing overall agility
AntiGravity Yoga classes are kicking off in June at Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy. For more information, call (08) 9228 2778 or check out www.performancepilates.com.au for more information.