Why men should 100% add pilates to their fitness regime
There is a common misconception that pilates is just slow, gentle workout designed for women. Well here's 5 facts to show you why pilates is a GREAT fitness routine for both men and women.
Joseph Pilates created Pilates during the World War 1 to rehabilitate injured men. That’s right, Pilates was originally created for guys. Pilates was inspired by Josephs love of Martial arts, Gymnastics, Skiing, Boxing, Body building and Yoga. This lead to an all-round workout that creates better quality of movement, body awareness and control. Pilates increases- flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, balance and co- ordination.
Improves SPORTS Performance - In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. But Pilates’ focuses on strengthening and lengthening the muscles reducing the likeliness of injury.
Build core strength - The biggest indicator of back pain is poor core strength. Pilates strengthens the core and the pelvic floor (yes men have pelvic floors) and men who practice it have greater control of this region of the body
It works more MUSCLES - Pilates works both the global and stabilizing muscles of the body. Smaller stabilizing muscles are usually neglected or dominated in the Gym and in everyday life. Pilates targets muscles you didn’t even know you had!
Mind Body Movement - 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, relaxed and strong.