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No matter how you slice it, running is a repetitive sport. In fact, it's about as repetitive as it gets! Certain muscle groups are massively over-worked (leg muscles, superficial abdominals, front of chest) while others are woefully neglected (glutes, upper back muscles and deep core). Pilates is excellent for realigning and rebalancing the body; however, a typical Pilates class might not be the best medicine for runners. A typical Pilates class involves A LOT of hip and torso flexion, and this might leave runners feeling more imbalanced than when they came into class. But well-selected and well-sequenced Pilates exercises can provide a restorative workout for both the body and the mind. Many people don't know this, but we used to run all the time! We know firsthand how it feels to run.... and then sit at a desk! In our Pilates for Runners workout (coming soon at pilatesonfifthonline.com!), we start with a standing warm up to put some length in the typically tightened muscles of the hip flexors and abductors, and then proceed with a mash up of traditional Pilates exercises plus some "Corps Physique" moves to balance and restore the body. Muscles are strengthened and stretched , with a deliberate focus on strengthening the deep core, glutes and upper back, while stretching the superficial abdominal muscles, hip flexors and lower back. This is a "less is more workout": it's about restoration, not about sheer calories burned. So, put the fitbit away and give your body the TLC it needs and deserves! 50 minutes!
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