With so many sports available, why should men choose Pilates?
There is a misconception that Pilates is just for girls though, and although lots of Pilates classes have plenty of male participants, more and more studios are aware of this and so offer men-only classes. These classes offer all the usual benefits of Pilates (strengthening your core, helping to reduce aches and pains and improving your flexibility), the only difference is that they are restricted just to men, making them ideal if you or the man in your life has been tempted by Pilates, but worried about being in a room full of women(!).
Pilates was actually created by a man too - Joseph Pilates - although he called his exercise programme Contrology. He believed that through Contrology, our bodies would become more balanced: poor posture and alignment would be corrected and overall vitality improved. He designed Pilates to work the body to its maximum potential, both physically and mentally, believing his programme would stimulate the mind and lift our spiritual wellbeing as well.
Still not convinced?
Men taking up Pilates will be in good company, with tennis player Andy Murray, golfer Rory McIlroy and cyclist Chris Froome just three successful sportsmen who all use Pilates as part of their training regimes. It’s not just top athletes who benefit from Pilates either: any man, regardless of current fitness, can achieve the same benefits as women who do Pilates, such as improved strength, fitness and flexibility, and who doesn’t want that?
And if you or your man is suffering with a particular problem, perhaps a sporting injury that needs rehabilitating such as a bad back, tight hamstrings or stiff neck brought about by bad posture, then Pilates can get you feeling great again. Doing Pilates can also help prevent further injuries: without generalising too much, a lot of men prioritise strength when exercising (think lifting weights), but improving flexibility (as happens with Pilates) has been shown to reduce the risk of injury.
Should you go to a men-only Pilates class?
Yes, if it makes you (or your fella) feel more comfortable and gets you started on your Pilates journey! You'll soon realise there is no reason to be sceptical!
How can I find a Pilates class for men?
On Pilates Near You there are thousands of classes all across the UK. By downloading the NearYou iPhone App, you can find a local class and easily get yourself booked in. If you've got more specific questions regarding injury or medical problems, just speak to the Pilates instructor and they'll be able to tailor a routine to your needs.