I often get asked, is Pilates for men? My answer - ABSOLUTELY! Think about it, Pilates was started by a man, Joseph H Pilates and it has been a method used by elite athletes, both men and women, for over 50 years.
Though men have participated in Pilates for a long time, in recent years it has been enjoyed, to a large extent, by women, leaving some with the impression that the Pilates method is more for women. This is certainly far from the truth!
Pilates is the most popular and effective training method and a lot more men are taking advantage of Pilates and it’s many benefits.
Why Pilates Works Well for Men
Core strength, flexibility, balance, correct muscle development and efficient movement patterns are all traits of Pilates training and very relevant to men's fitness. The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts can often emphasise a body part - by - body part approach to muscular development, such as a weights session in the gym.
Pilates, by contrast, emphasises moving from the centre of the body which develops great core strength in the deep muscles of the torso to stabilise and strengthen the trunk and have a strong, reliable back. This kind of integrative training makes Pilates an incredible choice for total body fitness, as well as a strong foundation for cross training with other kinds of exercise and sport such as golf, running, cross fit, triathlon, rugby, swimming - you name it!
Pilates works toward functional fitness. That is, the ability to have the strength, balance, and flexibility that allows one to move through daily life tasks with grace, strength and ease.
At Art Of Pilates we use the Pilates reformer, chair, cadillac and other Pilates equipment. Our classes have a maximum of 5 people and each individual in the class is working on their own program based around what their goals are and what their bodies need.