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Pilates is an excellent form of exercise for runners and can provide several benefits:

Pilates helps improve runners’ core strength, flexibility, and body awareness, which can lead to better running performance and reduced injury risk.

Specifically, Pilates:

  • Strengthens the deep core muscles that stabilise the spine and pelvis, improving running form and efficiency.
  • Increases mobility, particularly in the hips, which is important for a proper running gait.
  • Promotes better breathing control and technique, which can enhance endurance.
  • Aids in injury prevention and rehabilitation by correcting muscle imbalances and improving joint stability.
  • Enhances mental focus and concentration, which can benefit runners during training and races.

The low-impact nature of Pilates makes it a good complement to the high-impact demands of running.

How often should Runners do Pilates?

A 2018 study found that runners who did Pilates for two 1-hour sessions per week over 12 weeks saw significant improvements in their 5K times.

The Run Experience article advises creating a weekly schedule that combines running workouts with 2-3 Pilates sessions targeting different training goals.

The key is to find a balanced approach that allows runners to reap the benefits of Pilates for improving strength, flexibility, form, and injury resilience, without overtraining. Many sources recommend starting with 2 Pilates sessions per week and adjusting the frequency based on individual needs and training goals.

With my online platform runners have access to high quality bespoke Pilates classes set out in 20 minute workouts each day to fit in with their run training. These can be easily broken down into 10 minute sessions to fit around run training.

If you would like more information on my Pilates classes tailored for Runners please email hannah@beyondthestudiopilates.co.uk or you can find out more here https://beyondthestudiopilates.co.uk/runners-pilates-course/

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