Most men think Pilates is for women (at least those who’ve heard of Pilates), with lots of stretching and dance movements. In fact, Pilates was originally designed for injured soldiers returning from World War I by a boxer named Joseph Pilates (a man).
The hallmarks of Pilates are: core strength, flexibility, balance, uniform development and efficient, graceful movement. Pilates emphasizes moving from the center of the body, the powerhouse and developing core strength in the deep muscles of the center to stabilize the trunk and protect the back. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for full-body fitness, as well as conditioning for other activities such as weightlifting, running, golf and tennis. Pilates gives you the foundation you need to have fun without hurting yourself.
Most men over 50 struggle with common issues – back pain, poor posture, a bloated waistline, low sex drive – and are generally disconnected with what their own bodies are telling them. Pilates is ideal for dealing with these conditions. It is a challenging workout, but easy on joints and poses little risk for injury (in fact, Pilates helps prevent injury in other activities).
Pilates works toward functional fitness – a goal that should be important to men over 50. That is, the ability to have the strength, balance, and flexibility that allows men to move through daily activities with grace and ease. Though Pilates exercises do seek to increase flexibility and range of motion, you won’t be subjected to the uncomfortable stretches and poses you might find in yoga or dance.
There is just nothing else like Pilates. It will make you look and feel younger, improve your vitality and allow you to enjoy life to the fullest.
Precisely Pilates offers privates, semi-privates and group classes for both men and women. Men are welcome to attend any of our group classes or semi-private apparatus sessions. In addition, Precisely Pilates offers male-focused classes on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Give it a try – your first group class is always free.