spring and efficiency is the best kept secret by Elite runners and you can access it too



We know you will love our programme as much as England Ultra Runner Mark Innocenti, so we have given you a free 30 minute Hip Mobility session. Enjoy!

“Pilates and Fascial Movement with Anaya has transformed not only they way I think about running but it has changed the way I run making me more fluid and stable. I would not be able to cover the distances I do, at my fastest pace and be injury free without it.”

Mark Innocenti – England Athletics – Ultra Runner


Ever wondered why elite runners look so graceful and composed as they run at extraordinary speeds whilst us mere mortals are huffing and puffing trying to crawl our way through to the finish line. The answer is they know how to unlock their fascial potential and no it’s not something to do with your face.

What is a fascia?

  • Our fascia (pronounced fash-sha) is our communication system of connective tissue which intertwines and surrounds our muscles and includes tendons, ligaments and the thin membranes surrounding our organs.
  • Fascia has many attributes – the main ones for runners are its tensile strength to give stability; elastic spring to conserve energy; and shock absorbing and force distribution to lessen injury and repetitive strain.
Pilates for Runners

Benefits of Pilates and Fascial Movement for runners

Move like a graceful gazelle

  • Imagine holding an elastic band and stretching it like a slingshot/catapult between your fingers and when you let go, it pings and flies through the air.
  • The effort is in the stretching and tensioning of the band and the recoil is the energy that you generated, which is free. This is your kinetic energy.
  • Imagine if you can store this elastic energy and release it in every step you take. You just got a free ride.
  • That elastic potential is the difference between muscling your way through a run feeling worn out as opposed to returning from a run feeling like you could have carried on going for miles.
  • Fascia gives you that spring in your step and enables you to fluidly move like a graceful gazelle.

Unlock your fascial potential

  • Through bouncing, gliding, rhythmic and self massage movements on the mat you can train this superhero organ and unlock your fascial potential.
  • The sole of your foot for example has a collagenous padding that helps protect your feet and helps you sense for balance purposes.
  • That pad also has a springy quality to it that allows you to take off and to lift.
  • There are other areas of your body such as your hips where when you take a step, the front of your hips tension and then the leg follows through as you take the next step.
  • It’s that follow through that is the elastic recoil and is so important to be able to access it as it optimises your performance.
  • You can even optimise recoil in your ribcage as your arms move and your ribcage rotates when you run.

Aids your recovery

  • It’s not only in elastic recoil that training fascia and doing Pilates is beneficial to your performance.
  • Training your fascia and doing Pilates can lessen the propensity to injury, enable you to have more endurance and lessen aches and pains aiding your recovery. This is why Pilates and Fascial movement is good for runners.
  • People often ask is Pilates good for runners and the answer is always yes but you need to try it to see the improvements it can make to your body.
  • The benefits of Pilates for runners and fascial movement is immense and our Running Programme will guide you through all the exercises that you need to learn in an easy to follow format.

The Men Do Pilates Running Programme helps you to optimise your fascial performance from foot to head through its carefully curated programme which combines Pilates and Fascial Movement.

Contact us for more information info@mendopilates.com