Published 22nd January 2021 by mymo
We are pleased to announce the launch of our weekly Pilates and mobility classes aimed specifically at runners. These classes will start off at beginner level and will progress to intermediate and advanced levels.
To get you started, Week 1 is already available inside the mymo app! See under ‘my Exercises’ button.
Kate Disley from Kate Disley - movement, sport, performance will be delivering the classes, which are being delivered as part of mymo plus. This is a subscription service of £3.95 per month – or 13p per day! In addition to weekly Pilates, there are physio-led strength & core exercise videos, videos on injury prevention, access to a sports therapist and personal coaching.
We asked Kate to introduce herself and explain why Pilates is something every runner should incorporate into their weekly routine. Over to you Kate!
Hi, my name is Kate Disley, I am a Soft Tissue Therapist & Pilates Instructor and have experience working within sport and with runners for over 15 years. I hold a sports degree from Durham University and in 2013, I trained with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) in both Matwork and Performance Pilates.
My first experience of Pilates was as an injured athlete. I heard of it before but (as many do) dismissed it as being something that only “old ladies and people who do not do ‘proper sport’ do in a breezy church hall.”
I was wrong on many levels…although the breezy church hall was not far off.
I found it TOUGH! I was at the peak of my fitness playing regular club and representative rugby and could not believe how difficult I found the simplest of exercises. Pilates made me think about how I was moving and what muscles I was using, something which had never really occurred to me before, if it was not high-level activity, it generally got dismissed (I do wonder if I would have suffered less with injuries if I had taken it up sooner?!)
It is safe to say that it was a steep learning curve and made me very aware of the number of areas I could improve on. Fast forward 8 years and it has fundamentally changed the way I train, move and approach working with athletes.
What is Pilates?
This is a question I get asked at least once a week in the clinic. There are many misconceptions and perceived ideas surrounding Pilates and although a lot of people have heard that its beneficial that is where it ends.
In a nutshell, Pilates it is a form of low impact exercise that helps to improve balance, coordination, mobility, and strength. Sound ideal for everyone? Well, it is!
I tend to split Pilates into two categories:
Developed by Joseph Pilates, the exercises emphasise a balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness to support efficient, graceful movement.
The focus of primary focus is correct movement, quality not quantity, core stabilisation and postural correction. One of the main benefits of Pilates, from a Therapist’s perspective, is that the technique can be successful in correcting muscle imbalances. These imbalances are caused by us overusing certain muscles whilst others are neglected and become underused.
Performance Pilates is based on the same principles but specifically designed to address areas of weakness that we commonly see as therapists in the clinic in our athletes. It is a great tool for injury prevention and enables athletes to work on key areas they might usually neglect in regular training sessions.
The sessions produced for mymo are aimed to maximise runner’s performance potential, optimise recovery from injury, help reduce injury risk and help with achieving performance goals. Key areas we focus on are:
Should I do Pilates?
YES! I am of course a little biased, but I genuinely believe that most people would benefit from doing even a small number of Pilates based exercises.
I work with a huge variety of patients in both one-to-one and class settings helping people to improve their movement. Some of these include people recovering from surgery or injury, and on the other end of the spectrum elite level runners & endurance athletes looking to improve performance and avoid the risk of injury.
Here’s what a few clients have to say:
“Performance Pilates with Kate has really helped improve many aspects of my running. Shorter, speed/hill runs feel like I have more power due to increased glute strength. Longer, endurance runs feel stronger and I feel like I'm holding better form when my legs are tired due to greater core stability. It's also good fun and introduces some variety into my exercise routine.”
"When I started Pilates, I have to be honest, I was not sure how it would help my running and prevent injuries. How wrong I was. Within three months, I had stronger glutes, a stronger core and was running faster with no niggles or injuries. A year later, I knocked 28 minutes off my marathon time.”
With mymo plus, you can access a great range of value-added running and training content to help you get fitter, stronger and stay injury free for longer.
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