Pilates classes for men
Is Pilates helpful for men?
People ask me this question all the time to which I respond with a resounding YES!
Pilates has never been just for women, although of course it is very popular amongst females. Joseph Pilates was after all a man and a very manly man to boot. He was a body builder, gymnast, boxer and circus performer who dedicated his life to improving his health after suffering with rickets and asthma as a child.
He believed the modern lifestyle brought with it bad posture and breathing patterns and developed a series of conditioning exercises to counteract the affects of this detrimental lifestyle. The very first practitioners of his technique were male athletes, boxers and soldiers.
What does Pilates do for men?
Pilates addresses common problems that many men have including tight hamstrings and hip flexors, weak core strength and imbalances in back to chest musculature which causes that Quasimodo hunched shoulder, not a good look guys!
It is also a very challenging workout and will target muscles you never knew you had! It improves alignment and balance focusing on toning the muscles and bringing greater flexibility to joints and in turn a greater range of movement.
How is this different from my gym workouts?
It is the most comprehensive work out in my opinion, concentrating on lengthening and strengthening all the supporting muscles in your body, especially the ones that support your larger muscles, rather than just targeting the large ones which heavy weight lifting programmes seem to focus on.
Who does Pilates for men?
Many familiar sportsmen practice Pilates to keep supple and to avoid injury. The New Zealand All Blacks use his techniques in their training along with Tiger Woods, James Milner and Andrew Flintoff to name but a few. The Navy Seals also use it as part of their hard-core regime as do numerous male celebrities such as Hugh Grant and Rod Stewart.
So if you wonder if Pilates helpful for men or you think you could benefit from some Pilates, sign up for your FREE intro group class session today, or book yourself a 50%OFF first personal training session.
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