One thing we often get asked when a man walks through the door, ‘do other men do Pilates?’
When the first Pilates studio opened its doors in New York, in the 1920s, it was an instant hit with female Broadway dancers, who found the revolutionary new discipline beneficial for recovering from injuries, and as the popularity of Pilates has continued throughout the years, it has often been wrongly dismissed by men as a female only activity. This is so not the case, the process was in fact originated by Joseph Pilates, a German-born fitness enthusiast who was also a keen bodybuilder.
Of course, these days, men everywhere are finally catching on to the value of Pilates and, in particular, Reformer Pilates as a way to improve full body strength and mobility and longevity. A-list athletes such as Christiano Ronaldo are big advocates and so the answer is YES, men do Pilates too!!
What results can men (and women) expect to gain from Reformer Pilates?
Some of the benefits of the Pilates method include building core strength and lean muscles, enhancing flexibility, improving alignment, balance, mobility, and posture, as well as improved mind-muscle connection and injury prevention and rehab are all key focus areas.
Many men suffer from poor mobility in the hips and tight hamstrings, and Reformer exercises greatly improve these specific issues. Here at Bbodysmart Studio in Bury, we have a number of clients who struggle with lower back pain, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, low mood, pains in the shoulders and knees and other such conditions. By strengthening key muscle groups, improving alignment and posture and stretching under the supervision of our trained professionals with the support of the ingenious Reformer Carriage, they really do notice improvements in these conditions and we love being a part of their journey.
As we always advocate, Pilates is more than just an exercise routine, it’s a method of movement – not intended to replace your usual hobbies and fitness routines. Professional athletes are already well educated in the need to strengthen their core and isolate specific body parts to prevent injury, improve muscle power, balance and flexibility, and therefore include regular Pilates or strength and conditioning as part of their training so if you too, are looking to improve your sport performance, running times, swim technique or recovery time then Reformer sessions could be perfect for you. Our private sessions are tailor-made to fit the individual needs of a specific client and we also offer over 25 group classes over 7 days a week with a maximum of 6 per class so we can be close at hand to encourage clients to become more in tune with their bodies, to enhance their overall performance and get the most from their time at the studio.
If you think you are ready to start your Pilates journey take a peek at our options here