I believe Pilates is the Holy Grail for men and can be applied to so many types of exercise, training etc.

I would say that I love the challenge it presents too, where you have to be precise, controlled, centred, concentrated and move with flow and breath. But it is a full body exercise system.

Although nowadays most men associate Pilates with their other halves, Pilates has never been just for women. ‘Joseph Pilates’ was a man and a very manly man at that. As a child, he suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. But Joseph was so determined to push his body to peak physical condition that he began to study yoga, martial arts, boxing and bodybuilding.

When Pilates moved to England in 1912, he worked as a professional boxer and taught self-defence to police officers in Scotland Yard.

Further reading…

5 Reasons Men Should Do Pilates – Mensjournal.com

While women tend to dominate mat classes, Pilates holds plenty of benefits for men who rise to the challenge—yes, it’s hard. Whether you’re a powerlifter or prepping for your first marathon, a Pilates class can help fine-tune your performance. How? Exercises are made up of subtle, concentrated movements that can help you do the following:

1. Develop often neglected muscle groups. Some of your muscles, like those that dominate your daily movements, are stronger than others, and a big part of Pilates is focusing on those muscles that don’t typically get a lot of attention. Pilates is similar to MAT training in that you conciously move in certain ways to build muscles that you don’t hit while lifting.

2. Improve flexibility. In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. But Pilates’ focus on stretching helps prevent injuries and muscle strains, and increases range of motion.

How Chris Humphries Uses Pilates to Improve His Game>>>

3. Build core strength. Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to power movement in your limbs. Pilates also hits your transverse abdominals, the base ab muscle under your six-pack.

4. Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to pay attention—you’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement and concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed, which can even carry over into the next day if you’re lucky.

5. Have better sex. Pilates strengthens the core and the pelvic floor, and men who practice it have greater control of this region of the body–need we say more?

Full Article: https://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/5-reasons-men-should-do-pilates/

Why real men do Pilates – GQ-magazine.co.uk

Pilates is often considered, at worst, yoga for women, or at best a recovery treatment for sportsmen. However, more weight trainers are turning to the system to increase muscle power and flexibility. It is also the ideal way to keep the flab away.

Joseph Pilates developed the discipline in the early part of the last century, naming it Contrology because his method uses the mind to control the muscles. The Pilates method seeks to increase the strength, flexibility and control of the body. After losing two stone in an intensive training programme I found it hard to keep the weight off, so needed a quick way to stay toned.

While Pilates is great for weight loss, it can also increase your strength. After ten sessions with the UK’s leading men’s Pilates expert Tony Diamond at the Third Space, the flab has evaporated and been replaced by tauter muscle. I also managed to maintain a trim waist and muscular arms by following the three exercises below once a week. In short, it’s the most hassle-free way to stay trim, toned and build muscle.

Full Article: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/gq-sport-best-mens-pilates-workout

The Joseph Pilates Story

Joseph Pilates was born near Düsseldorf, Germany in 1883. Little is known about his early life, but he appears to have been a frail child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. His drive and determination to overcome these ailments led him to become a competent gymnast, diver and skier…

Full Article: https://www.pilatesfoundation.com/pilates/the-history-of-pilates/


Will has been teaching Pilates for 9 years as a mat instructor and 7 years as a fully comprehensive senior Instructor at one of the top fitness clubs in London. He is trained in Reformer and at all levels for Cadillac, Tower Chair, Barrels, Spine Corrector etc.
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2 thoughts on “Why every man should do pilates

  1. I have been working with Will for a few weeks now. Great guy…really motivating and knows his stuff! He’s taken me from injury to my first 24 hour event in a very short time. A big pilates fan now! Thank you Will…

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