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Introduction to pilates training for runners
Introduction to pilates training for runners

Pilates training can help improve flexibility and strength to help prevent injury and improve your running balance - here's why.

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Using Runna for pilates training

By using Runna, you'll be able to complement your running with regular pilates training sessions that fits alongside your running workouts to keep your schedule in one place. This plan will help ease you in to pilates training and keep you accountable. Furthermore, the progress you make through your pilates plan will remain consistent across your different running plans.

The sessions have been designed to help runners reduce the risk of injury and improve running performance.

To get started, head to Manage Plan and configure your Pilates plan.

Choosing your pilates day

The day you choose for your pilates session will be the same across every week. The idea is that this will introduce a sense of consistent routine to keep improve your flexibility and balance. You can choose the day based on your personal preference and schedule. However, there are a few considerations that might help you decide when to schedule your mobility sessions:

  • Rest day: Consider scheduling Pilates sessions on or around your designated recovery days. This allows you to engage in low-impact, strength-building exercises without adding stress to muscles that might be fatigued from running.

  • Low-intensity days: Choose to complete your Pilates sessions on other low-intensity days, such as your easy run. This will help prevent your from overexerting yourself whilst still gaining the benefits of improved flexibility and balance.

Benefits of pilates training for runners

Pilates is a valuable asset for runners, offering targeted benefits that directly enhance performance. At its core, Pilates focuses on strengthening deep core muscles, translating to a more efficient and injury-resistant stride. This tailored approach contributes to tangible advantages for runners of all levels.
Beyond toning, Pilates is a flexibility powerhouse. Its movements improve flexibility, making muscles more adaptable to the demands of running. Importantly, Pilates plays a crucial role in refining posture, reducing strain on the back and contributing to a more sustainable running experience.
The real strength of Pilates lies in injury prevention and recovery. Its controlled movements build muscle strength and promote joint health without high-impact stress, providing a gentle yet effective approach. Whether recovering from an injury or proactively preventing one, Pilates accommodates runners at various fitness levels.
In essence, Pilates is a versatile toolkit designed to make you a stronger, more balanced, and resilient runner. It goes beyond being just a workout; it's an investment in the longevity and enjoyment of your running journey. Incorporate Pilates into your routine, lace up those shoes, and experience the direct impact on your stride and overall well-being.

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