5 Jan

The Core Matter

Correct posture and core stability is at the centre of pilates practice, runABC speaks to Lynne Robinson, founder of Body Control Pilates, to find out how taking a class can help improve running technique…

What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a mind and body conditioning technique developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. Classes include exercises to improve core stability and encourage good posture.

Why Should Runners Practice Pilates?

Lynne Robinson, co-founder of Body Control Pilates and author of Pilates for Life, says: “It’s actually not so much about the fact you’re stretching and strengthening, it’s the fact that you’re working in good alignment.

Even small adjustments can make all the difference to your run. ”Controlling your alignment and breathing will help with your core stability. This is essential for a good running technique; you may think you’re just running using mainly your legs but you also engage your lower abdomen muscles. Lynne continues: “In terms of runners, sometimes a slight imbalance in the body will go on to create problems because it’s such a repetitive movement that you’re doing. Even a small adjustment in your posture or in your core stability can make a huge impact.”

For more information visit: bodycontrolpilates.com

Lynne’s Top Three Pre-Run Moves


Spine Curls

• Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet
parallel on the floor.
• Breathe out as you curl your tailbone under, tilting your
pelvis backwards as you peel your spine off the mat one
vertebra at a time, lengthening your knees away from your
hips. Roll up to the tips of the shoulder blades.
• Breathe in and hold the position, focusing on the length
in your spine. Breathe out as you roll the spine back down,
wheeling each bone down in turn. Breathe in as you
release the pelvis back to level again.
• Repeat 10 times.

Prone Knee Lifts

• Lie on your front. Rest your forehead on a folded towel
and place your fingertips under your pelvic bones.
• Bend your right leg to a 90-degree angle. Maintaining the
position and stability of your pelvis, breathe in and lift the
leg up slightly off the mat.
• Breathing out, lower the leg back down.
• Repeat 10 times on each side.

Pilates Squat

• Breathe in to prepare the body. Lengthen through the
spine as you bend the knees and the hips simultaneously
to hinge forwards slightly from the hips.
• Reach forward with both arms to counter your balance.
Ensure that your ankles, knees and hips are lined up.
• Breathe out as you straighten your legs.
• Repeat 10 times.