Pilates for Runners

Ref: C2527615

This course will benefit the runner through the use of breathing, strengthening of key running muscles and challenging muscles that are underutilised through running but are essential to balance .Pilates is a series of dynamic stretching bodyweight movements that are excellent for developing muscle awareness. The course will follow a progressive program of pilates, designed to strengthen and stretch the body, whilst allowing the learner to work at their own pace, progressing the exercises to suit their body's needs. The tutor will introduce the key principles of pilates, which will target various parts of the body: e.g., legs, arms, glutes, core, obliques and upper back.

Course aim

To increase knowledge of muscles used during running and learn ways to implement Pilates to reduce chances of pain or injury whilst running.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • It is a progressive course and caters to all abilities, from plodding around the block to longer distances. Choose the exercise that is best for you, with explained watchpoints and tactile feedback queues. You don't need to have done pilates before.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Know how to use appropriate Pilates warm up exercises before a run
  • Submit a health and wellness questionnaire digitally through an online platform
  • Use body awareness through Pilates to self assess your own posture and balance.
  • Experience appropriate Pilates moves to strengthen key postural muscles to improve posture and balance, preventing or reducing pain and discomfort particularly when on long runs or when fatigued.
  • Experience using Pilates to bring awareness to the key muscles that are often weak or not firing correctly, which can result in pain.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Wear loose bottoms: should be able to squat and move the leg freely. Mat or towel on the carpet. Cushioned mats are comfier for Pilates. Useful extras: chair, band or belt, light hand weights, cushion or block. (Use items that you already have at home.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Pilates for Runners


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing