When Joseph Pilates developed his method, which he called Contrology, his initial “clients” or better –“practitioners” – were mostly men: soldiers, athletes, circus performers, boxers. It was only when he brought his method to New York City in the 1920s that the gender shift happened and more women became his clients. However, Pilates’ original intent was to deliver his method to both men and women for the various benefits for both genders.
- You develop often neglected muscles. Some of our muscles are stronger than others. Pilates focuses on the muscles that usually don’t get a lot of attention, hence balancing our muscular strength. You will consciously move in certain ways that build muscles you don’t hit while lifting or cycling.
- You will improve your flexibility. The more muscle mass you have, the more you need to work on flexibility in order to prevent injuries and muscle strains, and to increase range of motion. Pilates will do this for you.
- Every Pilates exercise focuses on core recruitment, especially the deep Transverse Abdominus, an essential muscle of your core, to power every movement in your limbs. The stronger your core, the more effective and efficient your workout will be.
- Have better sex Pilates strengthens the core and the pelvic floor, and men who practice it have greater control of this region of their body. Need we say more?
- Live with more awareness. Pilates engages your attention – you’ve got to focus on breathing deeply while working consciously through each movement and concentrate on proper form.
You’ve got to try things you’ve never done before, or you will never progress! Sometimes, the best workout is the one you’re not doing yet! But, you don’t need to take my word for it. Hear what our members have to say about their Pilates experience: