Pilates works on building core strength, increasing flexibility, mobility and balance.
The emphasis is on building muscle and strength in a controlled way to improve posture. With mostly low impact exercises used, and tailored to individuals for a low to high intensity once mastered correct technique.
Pilates and running
Pilates is brilliant for runners to help them get the most from their training. With the focus on whole body strength and balance, Pilates helps runners to be more efficient at running itself.
Working on the powerhouse (core) is often overlooked by runners, but the gains in balance and overall body strength is essential for runners.
Pilates helps to stabilise joints by strengthening muscles around them. Stabilisation in hips, knees and core helps create correct alignment. This helps reduce stress on the joints and helps prevent against injuries.
Pilates helps against injuries caused by muscle imbalances by training the muscles to work in the correct way. It helps to loosen off tight muscles and joints that can cause muscles to work ineffectively.
Common running injuries include patellofemoral pain (runners knees), iliotibial band syndrome, medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints), plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy. Pilates is great in aiding recovery and managing these injuries, as well as helping to prevent.
Efficiency and posture
Running efficiency is key to getting faster and running further pain free, and Pilates can help you do this by correcting posture. Correct posture is so important in life, not just running. Being able to hold an upright torso conserves energy and allows the arms and legs to move freely, helping with speed work and using the bodies power correctly to propel you forward. Pilates exercises such as the bridge and back extensions help you work the posterior chain of muscles. Stretching helps to lengthen tight hamstrings which can get tight from running.
So if you want to improve balance, strengthen your core, improve your flexibility and be more supple for running, head down to my fitness Pilates classes.
I am also pre and post natal and back care Pilates specialist.
One to one sessions are available Liannemilner88@gmail.com