First, let me say that while I used to run (I have run several half marathons and trained for a marathon); I am no longer a runner. I’ve learned so much about our bodies through my study of anatomy, etc. that I have made the personal choice to quit running. I just feel, that for MY body, running is not ideal. That being said, to all of my runner friends out there, if you want a stronger performance and less injury there is one thing you must focus on: core strength and stability.
However, doing multiple crunches just won’t cut it. In order to really strengthen and stabilize your core muscles you must target the Transverse Abdomens (the deep abdominal muscles) and the best way to do that is through Pilates. Research shows that Pilates is beneficial in working the deeper core muscles that can help you to perform better on the road and prevent injury.
Traditional Pilates exercises are more challenging than your average core workout. In Pilates we focus on precision and control (two of the Pilates Principles) which require you to move through the exercises with focus, leading to a greater workout. Running requires more than just the use of your legs and lungs. In order to be a better runner you also need strength, balance, coordination and flexibility; all which Pilates can help with by building a stronger center or core.
Contact us today to set up an appointment and give Pilates a try!