Pilates For Runners
(Our group classes contain a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 people)
One of the most important factors for runners is synchronization of breathing with movement. Joseph Pilates designed his method with the goal of improving the way a human body is nourished through breathing. When you breathe properly, you gain more stamina. Pilates believed in cleansing the lungs by rolling the spine. There are many pilates exercises that incorporate spinal massage by rolling which stretches your spine, strengthens your core, and helps you to breathe deeply.
Pilates is also good for the runner because it includes stretching exercises for the hips, legs, and back. Too little flexibility can restrict movement. Moreover, runners want more flexibility without compromising their strength. As well as prevent injuries of the knees, ankles, and lower back.
Benefits of Pilates for Runners
- Improved precision, posture and alignment to keep knees, ankles, hips and hamstrings as injury-free as possible. (Good posture is a balanced pelvis, legs and feet in alignment which is a very important part of the gait cycle)
- Stabilizes the pelvis and gives more range of motion and flexibility in the extremities.
- Stretches the hip flexors and hip extensor muscles. (very strong hip flexors can cause lordosis when too short)
- Helps the injured runner who wants to stay fit by compensating for the absence of endorphins released by the body during running
- Correcting imbalances in the body – Lack of flexibility can cause muscular imbalances for eg., tight hamstrings which can put stress on the lower back
- Improves the overall physical condition and performance by strengthening the core.