Pilates is all about learning how to move correctly. As a runner this is very important if you want to be able to run further, faster and stay injury free. Having good core strength and muscle awareness can improve your running capabilities.
In a 2018 study published in Plos One, trained runners who took part in a 12-week course of Pilates (consisting of two one-hour sessions each week) significantly improved their 5K time. Stability and core strength is essential for an efficient running technique and to help you avoid injury. (Information from Runners World).
Pilates is a low impact workout so can be fitted into your run training without compromising your runs. Whether you do it before or after running also doesnt matter as the moves involved are great for mobilising the joints as part of a warm up or cool down.
Why runners should try Pilates:
> Increased core strength
> Corrects postural imbalances, which helps reduce the risk of injury
> Breathing techniques
> Improved endurance
> Quicker and more comprehensive recovery.
> Better Balance
You will need a resistance band for these workouts which you can purchase from me here.