Men and Pilates

Pilates is most certainly also for men. It was pioneered by a man - Joseph Pilates - and the technique has been used to train elite athletes for over 50 years.

Over the last two decades, Pilates has been dominated by female instructors, which has left the impression that Pilates is only for women. Hopefully you will see that the benefits outweigh the myth.

This extract from About.com explains all:

Why Pilates works well for men

Core strength, flexibility, balance, uniform development and efficient movement patterns - all are hallmarks of Pilates training and highly relevant to men's fitness. The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasise a part-by-part approach to muscular development, such as what one finds in weightlifting.

Pilates, by contrast, emphasises moving from the centre of the body, the powerhouse, and developing core strength in the deep muscles of the centre to stabilise the trunk and protect the back. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross-training with other kinds of sports and exercise.

Increasing flexibility is a goal that Pilates addresses in a way that men often feel comfortable with. Pilates works toward functional fitness. That is, the ability to have the strength, balance, and flexibility that allows one to move through daily life tasks with grace and ease. To this end, Pilates exercises do seek to increase flexibility and range of motion, but one won't find the kind of pretzel stretches in Pilates that one might find in gymnastics or yoga.

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Testimonials

  • 22 March 2012

    "For me, Pilates is not just therapeutic, but is good for my body in a few ways. I have been going to the chiropractor every five weeks or so for the last 19 years. I started doing Pilates to work on my core muscles, posture and general flexibility, to help the minor scoliosis and my weak back. My instructor does not only give me a general Pilates workout, but focuses on my personal weaknesses. I can feel the difference in my body and religiously keep up the classes since 2006."

    Nathan Bailey
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