Through the very nature of the sport of Canicross which involves running with a dog while they are attached to you via a harness and a lead, our bodies need to be strong, flexible and stable to ensure we can run confidently and hopefully, injury free. Very often we refer to ourselves as “the weakest link” in the human and dog teams we run with….now here’s our chance to get stronger and fitter to run with our canine athletes!

Pilates can be a beneficial exercise for Canicross enthusiasts as it can help improve strength, flexibility, balance, and stability, which are all important aspects of the sport. Here are some ways that Pilates can help with Canicross:

  1. Core strength: Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen your core muscles, including your abs, back, and hips. These muscles are crucial for maintaining proper posture and stability while running with your dog.
  2. Flexibility: Pilates exercises involve stretching and lengthening muscles, which can help improve flexibility. Increased flexibility can help prevent injury and improve range of motion, which is essential when navigating uneven terrain.
  3. Mobility: Running is a very one-dimensional movement pattern which our bodies are designed to do yet if we only move in one dimension over a period of time our 3-dimensional movement can get inhibited. Muscles that are unused start to become weaker and less mobile. Pilates helps to open up our 3-dimensional movement and releases tensions held within the body.
  4. Balance: Pilates exercises require you to maintain your balance and stability, which can help improve your overall balance and coordination when running with your dog.
  5. Endurance: Pilates can also help improve your endurance by increasing your cardiovascular fitness and stamina. This can help you stay energised during long Canicross races or hikes.
Sarah on the trails with Beau

We are very lucky to have a certified Garuda Pilates Instructor and Franklin Method Trainer at MOVE.Studio, Bude. Sarah has managed to keep me (pretty much) injury free and stronger for running and Canicross over the decade or more that I’ve been attending her sessions. Sarah is also a trail runner and Canicrosser so she understands exactly how our bodies work within harness and can tailor sessions to suit our needs.

Through her teaching, I’m far more body aware of how running and Canicross can impact my body and have techniques and workouts that really help me to keep my body in the best condition to allow me to get out on those trails several times a week with my girl.

I’m pleased to say Sarah will be running two Pilates for Canicrossers workshops for the Let’s Go team on 26th April and 10th May. From 8.15 pm – 9.30 pm, you will be in the Studio with Sarah focusing on lower leg, footwork, pelvic health and pelvic strengthening, hip mobility and more. I can assure you that you will come away with some “lightbulb” moments from these sessions as I always do.

To book the courses, please head here where further details are given:

26th April – Part 1

10th May – Part 2

It’s important to note that before starting any new exercise regimen, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or a certified Pilates instructor to ensure that you’re doing the exercises safely and correctly.