Whilst modern day Pilates appears to be extremely popular with females, it was invented by a man and initially designed for men. Mr Pilates himself was a body builder, gymnast and circus performer who dedicated his life to improving his health after suffering with rickets and asthma as a child. Today, Pilates is becoming more fashionable amongst men who are discovering the immense benefits of this form of exercise.
Pilates is technically difficult, requiring the adoption and maintenance of correct form and posture whilst moving through a range of exercises.It requires continual mental and physical effort focussed on correct muscle engagement and activation from the core outwards.
Pilates is also physically demanding and the Reformer creates both load and instability, requiring muscular endurance and stamina to challenge the muscles in new ways. It is guaranteed that muscles will burn and limbs will shake.
Pilates helps to build a strong abdominal core musculature, which can prevent and decrease back and sciatic pain. Posture improvement reduces stress on the neck and back. Pilates promotes improved joint mobility, which in turn allows for greater strength, an area which is often underestimated. Body awareness works in conjunction with any sports activity to increase athletic performance.
Pilates for Men addresses many common problems, including tight hamstrings and hip flexors, weak core, and imbalances in back to chest musculature. The latter can cause hunched shoulders (Quasimodo is not a good look guys!). Pilates encourages the lengthening of tight muscles to enable the recruitment of the glutes and lower abdominal muscles, areas which are often neglected. It is also an incredibly challenging workout and will target muscles you never knew you had!
There are currently two programmes available, each providing the user with a unique link for online access. All workouts and information are organised into units containing 30-minute daily sessions over 7 days, which you can access at your convenience.