What is Pilates for men?
Although nowadays Pilates is very popular amongst females, Pilates has never been just for women.
Joseph Pilates was after all a man and a very manly man to boot. Mr Pilates was himself a body builder, gymnast, boxer and circus performer. He dedicated his life to improving his health after suffering with rickets and asthma as a child.
Pilates exercise is increasingly becoming popular amongst men who are discovering the endless benefits of this form of exercise.
Why is Pilates for men important?
Pilates himself believed that Pilates for men was important because modern lifestyle brought with it bad posture and poor breathing patterns in the modern man. He then 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 exercises are for Pilates for men?
All Pilates exercises require a great deal of strength, flexibility, endurance and concentration. Much of this exercise is done using your own body weight and by adding spring resistance when using Pilates equipment. These exercises are not easy, rather fun and challenging, as were originally created for athletes and dancers. Some exercises in the Pilates repertoire were actually created for men only. In fact, the original reformer has only one tension grade per spring, so many women find it difficult to perform some of the arm work.
Contemporary Pilates modified reformers include lighter spring resistance so that some of these Pilates for Men exercises can be done by everyone.
Pilates for men exercises can be done on the mat or on the Pilates apparatus such as the Pilates reformer, stability chair, ladder barrel and Pilates Cadillac or tower.
What can Pilates for men do for me?
“You are only as old as your spine is!” Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.
Improve your back strength and get help with sciatica-type pain. Increase your athletic performance. Improve your posture which in turn reduces stresses on your neck, and back. Increase your overall joint mobility and feel younger. Pilates exercises help you build a strong abdominal core musculature, which can prevent and and decrease back pain, and improves your posture, increase your peripheral joint mobility, body awareness and works beautifully in conjunction with any sports activity you may be currently involved in.
Pilates for men addresses common problems that many men have including tight hamstrings and hip flexors, weak core 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.
Pilates is the most comprehensive work out, concentrating on lengthening and strengthening all the muscles in your body rather than just targeting the large ones which heavy weight lifting programmes seem to focus on.
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.
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