The last time I went to my Pilates class, I looked around. Not a man in sight. Why do people seem to think Pilates is only for women? When I think about it, there are a ton of great benefits for men doing Pilates that people might not realize. Perhaps the big push that first brought Pilates to be a household name was more popular among women, and now it seems like a “women’s fitness” class exclusively. Guys, don’t miss out on these great Pilates perks.
Here are 5 solid reasons men need Pilates, too.
1. Increase core stability and strength: Pilates helps develop a strong “core” or center of the body. The deep abdominals stabilize the spine. This core stability helps decrease lower back pain. Not to mention, Pilates will sculpt that six-pack you are working on. Pilates also strengthens the back muscles. All of these things can flow into other workouts and improve your effectiveness overall.
2. Greater flexibility: Men traditionally have less flexibility than women. It’s just how it seems to go. However, Pilates can dramatcally increase range of motion. One flexibility study found that the best way to improve flexibility was through movement-oriented exercises rather than static stretches. That’s a big part of Pilates–movement-oriented stretching.
3. More efficient movement: Pilates focuses on controlled movements in a defined and safe range of motion. Pilates improves balance as well, making it a great addition to any athletic training.
4. Decreased risk of injury: As the core becomes stronger, posture improves. Then when you lift the heavy weights, your form is better. Pilates helps improve muscular endurance, another plus when you cross train. Pilates improves spinal mobility. That increased flexibility (#2) and fluid movement (#3) directly decreases risk of injury as well. That’s a lot of reduced risks by adding in some pretty simple routines. I’d recommend a strong Pilates regiment for those guys who like to push to the next level.
5. Reduce stress: Pilates focuses on proper breathing which increases lung capacity and circulation. Inhaling and exhaling at specific times teaches a greater control of breathing. This leads to lower stress and improves the Mind-Body connection. And, once again, that will bleed into every area of your workouts.
The founder of this movement, Joseph Pilates said,
“In ten sessions you can feel the difference, in twenty you can see the difference, and in thirty sessions you have a whole new body.”
Pilates is for everyone–the super fit, the athletes, those who want to define their bodies, people with back and shoulders problems, and yes, men too. So don’t be shy, guys! Miami Athletic Club has Pilates classes regularly, you can always check out group fitness classes schedule to see when the next class starts. If you’re looking to approach fitness from a more holistic, balanced angle you should consider adding Pilates into your weekly routine.
If you are ready to give Pilates a try and uncover your new body, contact us and we can answer any questions you have about Pilates classes.