Pilates is a form of exercise which is widely used in programs for injury-prevention, general well-being and performance enhancement, as well as rehabilitation. It is designed to strengthen the core muscles, those which are required for good posture & movement.
The stability muscles of the hips, shoulders & thorax control the amount of energy used to propel yourself forward, so it follows that any program which dynamically strengthens these muscles, will enhance your ability to run better, quicker & for longer. To see if there are any problems in this area contact your physiotherapist for a running assessment.
The Runner’s Pilates classes at Pilates on Macquarie focus on flexibility, single leg load control and endurance. Runners are taught to use Pilates principles during running by switching on the core, allowing the glutes to better activate giving more power to push off the ground.
If you are planning to run a marathon or any race, a course of pilates will be a great addition to your running programme.