Pilates & Endurance Sports

After spending many years in the corporate world sitting behind a desk. Not taking his health and fitness at all seriously. A friend invited Michael Hughes to join a group of cyclists on a fund-raising ride from Joburg to Cape Town via Durban, as a support driver. On day two he was coerced onto a bike and has been riding ever since. In 2003 Michael Hughes started doing Pilates in preparation for his first Cape Epic. During that race, he discovered the need for support staff for riders and teams on such events. He studied sports massage as a service he could offer.

He took a retrenchment package and started supporting local and foreign professional cycling teams as a soigneur. In those years there were only a hand full of mountain bike, and one road bike stage races. To supplement his income he thought that he needed to offer something between races. He recalled how Pilates helped in his training, so he did a course in classical Pilates and joined the Planet Pilates group of studios. During this time he kept up his own training and racing. Competing in triathlons (Ironman, 70.3 and 5150 races), trail runs (the Otter and Magalies challenge) and road races (10km and 21km as well as the Soweto marathon, he still needs to do Two Oceans).

“Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”

– Joseph Pilates

Over a Decade of Expertise

In the last 12 years of teaching Pilates, he has instructed a large group of people. It is so rewarding when he hears a client no longer suffers from back pain, or mature clients find that their balance has improved. Like himself, it’s great to hear how Pilates has helped clients do endurance events like the Cape Epic. Win the 947 cycle race in their category and to enjoy their sport a little bit more.

In May 2017 Mike joined Nadia at Pilates Connection. Of all the studios he worked, he finds Pilates Connection the warmest and most welcoming while remaining professional.