Pilates was invented to rehabilitate WWI soldiers by Joseph Pilates , whose background was in boxing, self defence, wrestling and gymnastics. Looking at archival videos of Joe, I don’t think I could have survived his rigorous teaching method. He stood on people to correct their form! Pilates is not meant to be easy! Pilates has stood the test of time and its fans include sports stars such as Andy Murray, Tom Brady and NRL players. Let’s go through the benefits of Pilates for men.
“I’m very inflexible and tight,” say most male clients who attend their first Pilates class in North Sydney. One of my male clients was so excited he could touch his toes for the first time in his life after 2 months of regular Pilates classes in North Sydney at the age of 54!
A male body is often less flexible than females due to larger muscle mass, especially in the hips, quadriceps and hamstrings. Tightness in these areas can lead to lower back pain and poor posture. Pilates allows gradual stretching of these areas with the help of springs using Pilates apparatus such as the tower or reformer.
I’ve worked with body builders, runners, weightlifters – they all find Pilates very challenging on their core! They laugh when they realise this wasn’t as easy as they thought.
Pilates in North Sydney is a great supplementary exercise for any other exercise program. Using your deepest core muscles, you’ll find how to use the muscles of your trunk to help you lift, climb, run etc and stabilize your trunk and protect your back. Pilates helps you to be stronger and reduce injuries.
Most of us have tight shoulders working at a desk. The tower is a great apparatus for releasing those lats and opening up the pecs and for beginner pilates clients. Sitting down also shortens the hip flexors and can weaken the glutes and hamstrings leading to lower back pain!