While women tend to dominate mat classes, Pilates holds plenty of benefits for men who rise to the challenge. Whether you’re a powerlifter or preparing for the football season, a Pilates class can help fine-tune your performance.
We share the top 5 reasons why men should consider incorporating Pilates into their fitness routine.
Develop neglected muscle groups
Some of your muscles which are used for daily movements are stronger than others, and a big part of Pilates is focusing on those muscles that don’t typically get a lot of attention. Men's Pilates will help to build muscle that you typically won't build through other forms of exercise.
Men's Pilates will improve flexibility
It is understood that the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. Pilates aims to combat this by focusing on stretching that helps to prevent injuries and muscle strains. Men's Pilates also assists in increasing your range of motion, making you more agile. This is great for athletes or surfers!
Fine tune performance
Weight training and gym training can often lead to muscle imbalances which Pilates can help resolve. Similarly, if you engage in a high performance sport such as running or cycling then Pilates is the perfect addition to your training routine. As a competitive athlete you may have great cardio fitness, but little to no core strength. Pilates will help you develop important muscles which will prevent you from injury, help with recovery and improve overall performance.
Men's Pilates helps to build core strength
Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to power movement in your limbs. Pilates also embraces your transverse abdominals, the base ab muscle under your six-pack.
There is no slacking off here! Pilates forces you to pay close attention to your breath while working through every movement to ensure correct form. A Pilates session is a great opportunity to zone out completely and focus on the task at hand – allowing for an effective workout and the change to practice mindfulness, even if it’s just one or two hours per week.
So gentlemen, if you are looking for a way to face head-on all of your common physical deficiencies, Pilates may be the addition to your (hopefully) regular fitness routine. And don’t worry, you can admit it if you’re enjoying it!
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