Support your Running: The power of Pilates

Support your Running: The power of Pilates

Many of us have taken on the couch to 5k challenge for 2014.  Although optimum fitness is on most of our minds, these stormy weather conditions are slowing down progress.  Developing a pilates practice is a great way to keep muscles strong and supple to assist your running regime.  It will keep you focused and motivated on your 5k goal and perfect to practice at home on the days that are just too challenging.

Pilates exercises help activate lazy muscles, lengthen tight muscles, enhance breathing techniques and focus.

  • A good practice allows us to build up the back muscles evenly
  • Elongate and align the spine for better stability
  • Expand the diaphragm
  • Increase overall flexibility, strength, and balance
  • Increase range of motion in hips and shoulders
  • Enhance concentration through focused breathing
  • Provide more upright running
  • Help bodies recover faster from injuries

A weekly practice has many benefits

There are many ways Pilates can boost performance. Here are some of them:

  • Run more efficiently uphill with a stabilized musculature
  • Run more efficiently downhill with a stronger and more balanced sciatic area
  • Experience less tightening of the neck, head and shoulders
  • Increase oxygenation and stamina with a diaphragm that is able to fully expand
  • Decrease fatigue because of less strain on the body
  • Shave seconds off your times because you move more efficiently
  • Run without pain!

If your new to the power of pilates watch this clip with 10 mat pilates exercises that are recommended for runners.  If you would like to develop your own practice, we recommend taking a foundation course to ground you in the techniques to assist your running most effectively.  Good luck with your 5k challenge.


About the author: Aideen Macken

Aideen Macken

Hailing from the Real capital, Cork City, Aideen enjoys teaching Pilates in a good humoured & relaxed way. Following a life long love of massage, she began her journey with an intensive 2 years of training in holistic therapies in 2001. This included Anatomy & Physiology, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage & Reflexology. After spending a number of years praticing these therapies in Cork & Kerry, her path eventually lead her to Dublin in 2006 where she continued her practice with Susan Church of Centre Studios. It was through working with Susan that Aideen began to explore Pilates and the wonderful way it complemented the body work she was already doing. She was very lucky to get the chance to do an apprenticeship in Pilates with Susan & in 2007 completed her training as an instructor. Since then she has been teaching in a number of studios & colleges around Dublin & has taken part in various workshops including a wonderful one given by Lolita San Miguel, one of only two known people to be certified by Joseph Pilates himself. Aideen values giving her students a strong grounding in the Pilates fundamentals as she believes this lays the foundations for a deeper understanding of the discipline. Most importantly, she likes her students to have fun doing this. 2012 will find Aideen starting her Yoga Teacher Training with the Elbowroom.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.