Pilates for Runners
Also suitable for swimmers, cyclist, triathletes and other sports.

 

If you are looking to improve your running performance as well as reduce your chance of injury this may be the class you want.

Much of the training that runners do is about improving their cardiovascular engine, this class is about getting your chassis of bones, muscles and ligaments set up properly. 

 

The starting point for a good running gait is correct posture. In fact a good posture will keep bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly. It will help decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces and decreases the stress on the ligaments; so it will help runners and non-runners alike. 

Pilates helps to target those local muscles around the pelvis, torso and shoulder girdle area that modern life has allowed to become weak. It uses slow controlled movements to get those local muscles to engage properly.

Classes differ from the normal Pilates classes as there is a little more emphasis on turning on and strengthening glutes as well as more rotation in the pelvic area. Some of the exercises have been modified with the evidence based work of Jay Dicharry.

Whilst the classes are an hour you will be taught how to use certain parts of it as a good pre-run warm up and other parts for a warm down for you to try a few times a week.

Lee Athersmith England Masters, Wharfedale Harriers and RAF runner.

As I have aged I have found niggles and loss of flexibility a real concern. Now as a Vet I want to enjoy my running without time off through injury and limit the reduction in performance as I naturally age. I've attended two 6 weeks courses of Pilates For Runners seeing a big improvement in my flexibility and core strength by week 6. This has greatly benefitted my performances in the 3K Steeplechase and Cross Country over the year, improving my times, remaining strong and staying injury free.

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