At the end of 2023, I decided to try and do a few new things – I wanted to socialise more and meet new people. As a regular at SPARK:York, I knew Ossie Studio would be the place to go. They offer a variety of fitness classes in a relaxed non-intimidating environment.

Having dabbled in their Yoga sessions previously, I was curious to dive into Pilates – a dynamic fusion of strength, flexibility, and controlled movements that has proven to be a game-changer in my running. Here’s why every runner should contemplate incorporating Pilates into their training regimen:

Core Strength and Stability:

Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles, including the abdominals, obliques, and lower back. A strong core is crucial for maintaining proper running form, improving posture, and reducing the risk of injuries. As I integrated Pilates into my routine, I noticed a significant improvement in my overall stability during runs.

Enhanced Flexibility:

Pilates elongates and stretches muscles, promoting flexibility in areas that can become tight from running. Increased flexibility not only aids in preventing injuries but also contributes to a more efficient and fluid running stride.

Improved Breathing Techniques:

Pilates emphasises controlled breathing, teaching you to engage the diaphragm and breathe deeply. This carries over to running, helping runners develop better breathing techniques, manage endurance, and optimise oxygen intake during long runs.

Injury Prevention:

The low-impact nature of Pilates makes it an ideal complement to running. By targeting and strengthening muscles that are often neglected in running, Pilates helps prevent common injuries such as shin splints, knee pain, and IT band issues.

Mind-Body Connection:

Pilates encourages mindfulness and a heightened awareness of body movements. This mind-body connection translates into better running performance as I’m more attuned to my body’s signals, enabling me to make adjustments and avoid overexertion.

Beyond its physical benefits, Pilates classes offer a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. Ossie Studio is a vibrant and friendly community promoting inclusivity and well-being. As a runner, building connections with fellow enthusiasts adds a social dimension to fitness, making it even more enjoyable.

If you haven’t tried Pilates yet, consider giving it a go – your body might thank you. The journey towards becoming a stronger, more resilient runner begins now.