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

    "Pilates tydens swangerskap hou baie voordele in. Ek het gevind my laerugpyn was baie beter na elke klas en ek kon die oefeninge tuis ook doen. My swak postuur het verbeter en my lyf was minder seer. Die bekkenvloer-oefeninge het ook my blaas en uterus ondersteun. Omdat ek baie kortasem gevoel het tydens my swangerskap, het die asemhalingsoefeninge my laat ontspan en ek glo dit het ook 'n positiewe effek op my baba gehad. Ek kan die klasse aanbeveel vir elke swanger vrou!"

    Sanet Barkhuizen
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