Running is a repetitive activity so by its very nature this means that any weaknesses or imbalances in your body could potentially surface.
This is because certain muscles are overused while others are underused, which can result in a variety of ailments from lower back pain to hip and knee problems.
I have run many miles over the years, completed marathons, half-marathons and other races. There is no doubt in my mind that I am a stronger and more efficient runner through practising Pilates - the two disciplines complement each other beautifully.
Over time, Pilates can:
• Improve your posture and help you run more efficiently
• Increase your back and abdominal muscles making you a stronger runner
• Increase your overall flexibility, strength, balance and range of movement in your hips and shoulders
• Enhance your concentration through focussed breathing and increase oxygenation with a diaphragm
that is fully able to expand
• Help you recover faster after long runs or injuries
• Decrease fatigue because of less strain on the body
• And of course Pilates is relaxing, enjoyable and suitable for runners of all ages and abilities - it's all in the book Pilates for Runners!
Pilates for Runners is written by Harri Angell an experienced Mat Pilates instructor, marathon runner, personal trainer, England Athletics Leader in Running Fitness and member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (follow Harri on twitter @Harriangell). The book is described as containing everything you need to start using Pilates to improve your running – get stronger, more flexible, avoid injury and improve your performance. Pretty much perfect for a weak, inflexible, tall, slouchy, injury-prone runner like me! I would highly recommend Pilates for Runners to runners of all ages and standards. I particularly enjoyed reading the motivating testimonials written by runners who incorporate Pilates into their training. I loved the inclusion of a series of inspirational quotes from the master himself, Joseph Pilates. If you are an injury-prone runner, I suspect that you will find the entire book both eye-opening and informative. I definitely did! THE PHD RUNNER
If you are a runner you need this book! Pilates for Runners contains easy-to-follow poses, clear concise instructions and interesting facts. I didn't know how important core strength is to prevent injury and develop stamina. Reading this has made me understand the reason for my persistent back-ache and I can already feel improvement from doing the exercises. Love this book and use it every day! D. Ashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Harri Angell sets the standard to which other sports and fitness authors should aspire. I have only had this publication for a week but already I know it is going to transform my running as well as my life! I usually struggle with exercise books because the explanations are too complicated - or not sufficiently detailed - and the reading experience is ultimately dry and uninspiring. Not so with this gem! The instructions are beautifully simple and precise, clearly set out on the page with easy-to-follow instructions, and photographs showing exactly the position to be adopted. The exercises are interwoven with interesting case studies, notes, quotations from Joseph Pilates - this all enriches the reading experience. How refreshing to read a book about Pilates which is written for women and for men! But what I appreciate most of all about this wonderful book is the detail given about performing particular Pilates exercises correctly and the explanation of how each exercise will assist running performance. It's packed full of information and good advice. I hope Harri Angell will write more books - she sets the standard for other sports/fitness authors to aspire to. Bravo! Pesky
This is a lovely Pilates book. It's really clear, the bits of context are very engaging, and it's all very nicely written. I have a couple of other Pilates books, but this is really a cut above the usual offering, much more individual and accessible (and it's not just for those who run, actually, anyone who takes Pilates mat classes or is thinking of it, or who wants to do some work at home will learn and find inspiration). Dr. DJK