How often should runners do Pilates?
As often as you can. 😄
Runners should do pilates as part of their training routine as it’s low-impact, so easy to do on a rest day or as part of the warm-up cool-down routine.
Pilates for Runners focuses on the muscles used in running, to help strengthen, mobilise and improve flexibility.
New to Pilates
It’s important for runners must learn the basic Pilates technique to ensure that they focus on body alignment, which is important for running.
As with anything new, it’s important to build up new skills slowly. 3 x times a week is a great way to create a habit and start to see the impact.
Why not try the Beginners Pilates course, 10, 10-minute Pilates videos taking you from novice to understanding the basic moves. Find out more here.
If you have been doing Pilates for a while or before then you already know the benefits of Pilates. Have you tried Pilates for Runners specific exercises, this is where we use the Pilates exercises that focus on the exercises that will benefit runners. Runners should do Pilates specifically for runners which include standing Pilates as well.
Time for Pilates
How should runners do Pilates? By adding Pilates into your routine at least 3 times a week will make a difference, but doing daily will give you quicker results.
Time is a barrier to most people. We prioritise are running over other things we know we should be doing.
5 – 10 minutes of Pilates a day focusing on Pilates for Runners exercises will not only help strengthen your core and legs but wake up those muscles we use in our running stride. If you sit a lot in your day then these become weaker, even if you run regularly. Listen to this chat I had with a physio about “What happens to our bodies when we sit for long periods”
5-minute Pilate’s workout for runners.
The core and glutes play an important role in our running. The glutes in particular if awake and strong help to keep the pelvis stable when we are running, which helps in reducing our risks of injury. If you have had an injury or sit a lot then these will generally be weaker. They can be woken up so doing Pilates before a run can help aid this. Another great reason
This 5-minute Pilates workout for runners video gives some exercises that will help wake up those sleepy glutes. You can try it here
So to answer your question “How often should runners do Pilates” in their week to support their running and body?
At least 3 times a week but daily will help achieve your results and reduce your risks of injury and niggles.
I mean what if you can’t run how would you feel?