Is Pilates good for men?
Absolutely!…is the short answer but let’s give this some context. Firstly consider the fact that originally Pilates was invented by a man for men!
Joseph Pilates’ first motivation was himself, as a sickly child told his life expectancy wasn’t good, it determined him to prove the doctors wrong. Studying many forms of exercise including athletics, weight lifting, boxing and gymnastics, his own physique developed so well, with such excellent proportions, he was used as a model for drawings on medical anatomical charts – very GQ’esque, circa 1900’s!
During WW1 while working in a military hospital, he developed his system further by assisting the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. Using the pulleys and structure of the beds the men laid in, he created functional movement patterns.
So how does this system benefit the contemporary man of today? Well, whether you lift weights or you’re training for a marathon, Pilates can help fine tune your performance.
1. Develops the stabiliser muscles. Pilates uses subtle concentrated movements, developing the often overlooked muscles you don’t use during daily activities or during heavy lifting sessions. Making you stronger, fitter, faster.
2. Improves flexibility. When you build muscle you can lose flexibility, the Pilates focus on this can help prevent injuries, muscle strains and improve range of motion.
3. Builds your core. Pilates exercises all focus on core stability and what Joseph termed the ‘PowerHouse’ (manly phrase there!) from this centre of power your limbs can generate great dynamic strength. It also Lays the foundations for creating the best abs possible.
4. Stress relief. You have to focus mentally during Pilates, this can take your mind off work for an hour, helping you to feel more refreshed and the deep lateral breathing rejuvenates your body like a walk by the sea.
There are many benefits of Pilates for men so factor it into your workout schedule, whether you’re fit as a men’s health magazine model or recovering from a prolapsed disc.
– This Article has been published in the May edition of Life Magazine – http://www.lifemagazines.co.uk