Pilates for Men – Why Pilates Is Good Fitness Training for Men
Pilates was started by a man, Joseph Pilates; it’s been a training vehicle for elite athletes, both men and women, for over 50 years; and men have figured prominently as instructors and promoters of the Pilates method throughout its history.
Though men have always been part of the Pilates scene, the surge of popularity that Pilates has enjoyed in recent years has been powered to a large extent by a wave of women participants and instructors, leaving some with the impression that the Pilates method is more for women. This is an unfortunate side-effect of an otherwise positive development. Fortunately, it is quickly dissolving. Pilates is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world, and men are definitely taking advantage of Pilates many benefits.
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All over the world men are practising Pilates for its health and conditioning benefits, and they will tell you adamantly that a Pilates workout is not for the faint-hearted. Many serious athletes include Pilates in their training regime these days, for these five great reasons.
- Increased flexibility
Pilates uses specific exercises and techniques to increase range of motion in all joints and movements of the body. The structure of the male body is different to women and usually tighter, and Pilates can help make a big difference.
- All-over strength
Pilates offers functional strength, meaning the body must maintain correct posture and muscle patterns while building strength. This brings the often neglected muscles in to work with the more common muscles trained.
- Great abs
Pilates has unique and targeted repertoire for working the abdominals, unmatched by other method. The Pilates apparatus offers ways to work the core on a deep level, and give the real six-pack strength inside and out.
- Stay younger and happier
Pilates workouts release internal anti-ageing and stress relieving chemicals into the body, giving a natural high after each session.
- Prevent and repair injuries
Pilates, for all the reasons above, is one of the best ways to prevent injuries from occurring. Doctors and physios refer consistently to Pilates for rehabilitation and the results can be astounding.