Men do Pilates too
Many men seem to assume that only women and older folks benefit from Pilates. Men hesitate to join in and instead stand on the sidelines with that curious look on their faces, perhaps asking themselves:
- Is this really hard? It looks so easy!
- How does that work?
- Will my core be rock hard?
- I can't do Pilates, I am too stiff.
- I have back pain, so I better get in shape first.
- The exercises seem too complicated or at times super easy.
Remember that Joseph Pilates (a guy) started this movement and many elite athletes incorporate Pilates into their training.
Why is Pilates beneficial for any man, at any age or shape?
Core strength, flexibility, balance, uniform alignment of the entire body, as well as efficient movements are distinctive features of Pilates, and they are relevant to a man's fitness regime.
Pilates focuses on moving the entire body, using the powerhouse, developing strength in the deeper abdominal muscles, and helping stabilize the back. It is a fantastic cross training tool and can serve as a foundation for other sports and exercises. Pilates works on increasing flexibility in a way that men often find easy to follow and to apply, as many movements stem from J. Pilates' expertise in sports. It can also be a surprisingly tough workout.
If you are still on the fence whether to join the movement, then take a look at some of the amazing men practicing Pilates below – maybe they inspire you. Don't wait and sign up today.
(Some of the pictures are of my clients at HEYlifetraining; some of them are clients of my best friend and Pilates teacher Paul Shaun Edwards, owner of Strength & Clarity, Provincetown/MA. Thank you for letting me use them!)
Chris on the Core Fitness Roller
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