Pilates for Men
Mention the word “Pilates” and the image of bendy, latex-clad women might spring to mind.
But, whilst Pilates classes might be dominated by women, the method is actually a great choice for men looking to build strength and improve their flexibility.
We see the benefits of Pilates for our male clients every day at Complete Pilates. So, in our bid to convince all the men out there to give it a try, we’ve put together 4 compelling reasons for men to do Pilates.
Pilates for men #1. Build a strong foundation
Okay, so you’ve got a six-pack and you’re used to “smashing it” in the weights section at the gym. But how strong are you really?
You might look muscly but the body’s stabilising muscles, responsible for protecting your spine and joints (like your deep abs), can still be weak.
Pilates focuses on core strength and its controlled and precise movements build those deep core muscles.
For men, this means that regular Pilates practise will support your workouts at the gym. It will also help protect your spine and the joints in your lower limbs when you are lifting heavy weights.
Pilates for men #2. A 360 workout
Does your regular workout comprise mainly of bicep curls, running and squatting?
Then you’re only moving – and strengthening – the body in one plane.
This can leave your body weak in the other planes, like when you are rotating or bending the body, and make you vulnerable to injury.
Pilates works the body in all directions. You will therefore activate and strengthen those muscles that don’t often get worked during a regular session at the gym.
Not only will moving in this way help to tone some of those neglected muscles. But it will also make your gym workouts safer and more effective.
Pilates for men #3. Flexibility and mobility
Joseph Pilates himself once said; “A man is as young as his spinal column”.
Pilates exercises encourage good mobility and increased flexibility. Through this it helps to promote a healthy spine and joints.
Whilst this will keep you feeling young in the long term. In the short term, making sure the body stays mobile solves a lot of everyday aches and pains that result from our modern lifestyles.
So, for those men that struggle to touch their toes – and there are a lot of you out there – Pilates can be the perfect answer to your mobility and flexibility issues.
Pilates for men #4. Posture
Hours spent chained to an office desk have a terrible impact on posture. And men (like women) suffer the negative effects of this lifestyle with it most often showing itself in rounded shoulders and a forward head position
On a purely aesthetic level, this isn’t a good look. And, more importantly, bad posture can negatively impact breathing habits, as well as giving you a sore and achy neck and shoulders.
Again, Pilates can be the solution for men with poor posture and an antidote to those hours spent at a desk. This is because Pilates exercises improves spine mobility and strengthen the core and posterior chain – a magic combination which is sure to keep you standing tall.
Improving your breathing habits in this way can also aid relaxation. This means that regular Pilates practise is a great way to get some calm into your life at the same time as improving your posture.
Pilates is for men
As the list above proves, Pilates is for men. It promises to strengthen and stretch the body, protect it from injury, improve posture and make it possible for you to work harder at the gym.
So, to all the men out there, we encourage you to give Pilates a go. Do so and you might just find it the best – and most challenging – workout you’ve tried yet.