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Consistent Pilates Practice Benefits Runners

In an earlier post, I covered some primary benefits of Pilates for cyclists, particularly in preventing injuries and strengthening for a better cycling experience. In my Tucson Pilates studio, Body Fundamentals, I’ve seen that those same benefits that cyclists experience also often apply to runners who incorporate the Pilates method into their training.

Pilates for RunningWhen you consider that a regular Pilates practice makes you more aware of your body’s alignment, whether at rest or in motion, as well as promoting better body mechanics, it makes sense that a runner would experience many benefits of Pilates. More importantly, learning to move from your muscles instead of your joints benefits runners by protecting the joints more effectively during running.

And if you’re a runner who’s recovering from an injury, Pilates can be a tremendous compliment to your post-rehabilitative process. In fact, your physical therapist may incorporate Pilates-based exercises or even teach Pilates on the reformer as part of their program for you.

Breathing , body mechanics, and protecting the joints are key benefits of practicing Pilates and crucial to a healthy runner.

How do you approach your run?

Think of your posture and breathing. Do you consciously prepare yourself each time you set out for a run? Of course you do! Now imagine how much more effective your results could be if your conscious preparation were supported by Pilates. You’d gain:

  • increased awareness of gait patterning and body mechanics
  • improved posture due to greater core strength and alignment
  • longer, steadier runs thanks to better breathing patterns
  • Mos importantly, you’ll do less damage to your joints!

The best part about Pilates? As a runner, you’ll see and feel the benefits quickly.  No matter where you are with your training and fitness level, I encourage you to find the Pilates class that fits your level and goals – and a teacher you connect with.

For example, here in Tucson, I’ve created a number of Pilates Chair Quartet programs that use a combination of the Wunda Chair and Classical Mat work to address Pilates progressions in specific and challenging ways. Because it’s a private studio, each participant gets close personal attention with a focus on form and precision.  So find your Pilates home and keep on moving!

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