Each month, we’re asking our expert staff and experienced faculty what they’ve been reading in their spare time. We’ll be sharing their top picks and commentary with you on our blog.
Here’s what Erika Quest, Balanced Body Master Instructor, has been reading on cross-training and incorporating Pilates into your daily life:
6 Ways Runners Benefit from Pilates
From marathon-training to 100 meter sprints, running of any kind requires preparation and training beyond logging miles on the pavement. If running is your norm, try trading in your sneakers for a Pilates mat once or twice a week. Incorporating Pilates into your routine will improve core strength, breath control, balance, and endurance.
5 Power Pilates Moves to make you a Better Athlete
Pilates is often associated with low-impact training, but don’t overlook the benefit of incorporating Pilates into high-impact sports. Pilates activates muscles that are closer to the bone and often unaffected by big-muscle lifts. Incorporating the practice into a heavy lifting routine improves core strength and hip flexibility, ultimately creating increased stability and more explosive lifts.
6 Ways to Find an Exercise You Love & Actually Stick With It
Like any healthy habit, getting into the groove of a fitness routine takes effort. The trick to sticking with it is to find an activity that feels fun, inspiring and leaves you wanting more. Whether you are new to working out or getting back into the swing of things, grab a friend, set an alarm and try out a new class.
Original Research: Marathon Pace Prediction
All marathoners, from fast to last, predict their race pace, usually by comparing shorter race times, time trials, previous marathons or “gut” feelings. But studies show that the best predictor of race performance may be submaximal performance. The importance of accurate prediction is more than a game — it can help monitor training progress, increase race confidence, provide an invaluable pacing strategy and even predict injury.