Pilates for Men
When confronted with the suggestion of a Pilates class, the reaction of many men is a combination of shock and bemusement before the misnomer “Pilates is for girls!” is declared. It’s true: most participants in classes are women, but that certainly does not mean that men cannot, or should not, practice Pilates. There are a number of reasons why Pilates is as beneficial for men as it is for women.
1. Pilates was created by a man and originally taught to men
Despite a strong contemporary association with elegant, dance-inspired movements, the classical Pilates repertoire placed a strong emphasis on upper body power. Pilates was heavily influenced by elements of martial arts and boxing, which emphasized mental and physical control in addition to muscular development. Joseph Pilates himself was an avid boxer, diver, gymnast, bodybuilder and self-defense teacher who created the Pilates method to complement these pursuits – it doesn’t get much manlier than that!
2. For the development of smaller, yet equally important, muscle groups
Pilates helps to develop smaller muscle groups that are often neglected in regular strength training programs. Many of these smaller muscles are responsible for critical functions, such as keeping you upright, and when they are underdeveloped can cause faulty movement patterns and pain. By focusing on these groups we can optimize functionality, improve our ability to move through full ranges of movement and even improve our performance in other activities such as sports.
3. To balance out strength with flexibility
Let’s face it: we generally enjoy practicing things we are good at over things that we are not as good at. This is particularly true when it comes to strength training and stretching. Imagine the balance between the two components as a seesaw: too much of one and too little of another will lead to an imbalance and a potential injury. By improving the component we are weakest in, we can increase performance and decrease injury risk in both the short and long term. Pilates enables the simultaneous development of mobility, stability, and strength.
4. It’s versatility
It’s as suitable for competitive athletes as it is for those with injuries or who may have not exercised in a while. Yes, it will be challenging, but this is true whether you are male or female. One of the most beautiful aspects of Pilates is how adaptable it is to your body. Everything can be personalized to suit you, your needs and your goals. If the gym isn’t for you, then Pilates can give you the strength-training program you need to improve your health.
5. The mental component
Developing mental control, concentration and focus is an added bonus to regular Pilates practice. If you’re like most of us, then your days are jam-packed and it can be hard to find the time to mentally slow down. A Pilates class is a perfect opportunity to take your mind off everyday things, focus on the present moment and to bring a sense of awareness into your body.
The benefits of regular Pilates practice for men are vast. Take a cue from Kobe Bryant, LeBron James or Christiano Ronaldo and add a regular Pilates class to your fitness regime – your body and mind will thank you for it.
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Have a great day,
First Impression & Pilates Instructor