While women tend to be the most represented gender in pilates classes, there is plenty of reasons why men should seek out the Pilates experience. Pilates can be a great workout for everyone, the practice incorporates all the elements of healthy physical movement: breath, posture, strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Pilates is founded on healthy movement principles for the human body in general. Men might find that their muscles are a little tighter than women's, especially in the hips and hamstrings, but exercises can be easily modified to allow those areas to stretch out gradually. Try incorporating a few Pilates sessions into your fitness routine. It will help to keep yourself strong and flexible, Pilates works to enhance your body’s awareness through challenging positions that require optimal postural alignment.
Pilates originally developed by a man by the name of Joseph Pilates helps improve flexibility, increases strength and improves balance. These factors reduce your risk of injury. Pilates provides body awareness to create efficient movement patterns, thereby reducing stress on joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments. Pilates is a body/mind practice A large part of the exercise is to bring one's full care and attention to every movement. Similarly, exacting alignment and core training that goes beyond the superficial muscles require more subtle attention and micro-adjustments than some men are used to finding in an exercise class.
There is a common misconception out there that pilates is only based on stretching. That is actually not the case at all, it actually focuses on both eccentric and concentric contractions of muscles to achieve balanced stretch and strength. Where should you begin your Pilates practice? If you lift weights, sit at a desk, or participate in any aerobic physical activity improving your spinal mobility, core strength and posture are essential. Common pilates sessions will help you work through improving these areas. Pilates reinforces the bond between mind and muscles, helping people engage the right muscles in the core. This leads to better posture alignment and control over the body’s movements.
Pilates really opens up a new window for men, providing plenty of benefits for men who are looking for a challenge. Whether you’re a powerlifter sporting athlete or prepping for a marathon, or just someone looking to improve their posture a Pilates class can help. Pilates is all about moving efficiently, one of the first things you’ll learn to do when starting any pilates class is how to hold yourself properly. Pilates also helps by strengthening the core and the pelvic floor muscles, men who practice it have greater control of this region of the body. The pelvic floor is a general area of weakness in males and common pilates or reformer pilates technique movements can help improve this area of the body. So what are three key benefits that men stand to gain by taking a pilates class?
1. It helps prevent injuries and muscle strains, and increases range of motion.
Men generally have tighter muscles than females this is due to genetic composition as a result the smaller muscle groups are often not utilised. Pilates is a great way to develop often neglected those muscle groups. This works through isolation as pilates allows you to consciously move in certain ways to build muscles whilst focusing on those muscles during the extensions and contraction movements.
2. Builds core strength.
All Pilates exercises focuses on utilising your core in order to create power movement through your centre of gravity. Pilates also targets your transverse abdominals, the base ab muscles which sit below the ones you can commonly see. The core stabilises the body
3. Live consciously & Improve mindfulness
Pilates enhances the mind it forces you to pay attention to your body and the movements you make, whilst your body plays a role you also must divert your attention on your breathing while working through each movement and concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you may feel clear minded and much more relaxed it leaves you feeling in the moment through periods of increased concentration acting as almost a form of meditation.