Updated: Oct 31, 2022
There is a certain stigma surrounding Pilates due to its vast popularity amongst women owing to its numerous health benefits and its versatility (suitable to all age groups and ability levels). However, Pilates was actually developed by a man named Joseph Pilates to help rehabilitate injured soldiers imprisoned during World War 1.
So what are the many benefits of it for men?
Increases Overall Muscle Strength
In Pilates the precise, focused movements help you to increase your core strength and general fitness by creating long and strong muscles. As opposed to lifting weights at the gym, Pilates works different muscle groups that are often neglected. They are usually the deeper muscles that are responsible for support and need to be strong in order to facilitate the larger muscle groups.
The vast majority of men tend to skip this part of their workout. However, poor flexibility and movement is typically a major cause of muscular pain and injuries. Improved flexibility makes every movement in your day to day life feel more comfortable.
Strengthens Your Core
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on for a strong, supple back, good posture and efficient movement patterns.
Good posture is a reflection of good body alignment that is supported by a strong core. We can develop postural imbalances from sustaining unnatural positions for prolonged periods of time - i.e. working at a desk. Over time, these awkward postures can lead to discomfort and pain in other areas of the body. Pilates largely focuses on correcting these imbalances, restoring optimum movement capacity and alleviating pain.
Improves Sports Performance
Pilates is undoubtedly one of the most effective types of injury prevention and rehabilitation. Additionally, Pilates can help enhance your sporting performance by improving coordination and balance, increasing functional strength and power, correcting muscular imbalances and developing self-awareness.
Reduces The Incidence Of Lower Back Pain
Most individuals experience lower back pain (LBP) at some stage in their lives. Pilates can be used in the treatment and prevention of LBP. Pilates teaches individuals how to support their lower back, how to strengthen and increase flexibility in certain muscle groups that may exacerbate their LBP.
Improves Pelvic Floor Health
Activation of the deep core muscles (including the pelvic floor muscles) during most exercises is also very effective in preventing and helping with urinary leakages and erectile dysfunction.
Reduces Stress And Improves Mental Clarity
When you’re stressed, your body is in “fight or flight” mode. So, there’s lots of cortisol & adrenaline being pumped around the body and these hormones can cause havoc with your long term health. However, there’s no time to think about the stresses of everyday life during a pilates class.
Join me on my Men on Mats 4 Week Course in November
Venue - Broadless Golf Club, Chapelton
Time - 6.30-7.30pm
Date - Friday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of November.
Cost - £40.00