Purchase College, SUNY, Continuing Education… There seems to be a common misconception that Pilates is geared towards women. Perhaps this “women-only” exercise is due to the way in which it has been marketed provoking a greater response from women than men. After all Pilates mostly appear in women’s magazines and uses women to advertise the method. The paradox in this belief is that Pilates was actually created by a man for men and the first practitioners were soldiers, athletes, and boxers.
Take a look to see if you or someone you know can identify with one of the following categories. Then, learn how Pilates can be effective for you.
The “Steroids” Man
Generally speaking, men are more concerned with building muscles rather than staying fit. Men who are “bulked up” tend to be less flexible because their joints are too tight. The overall benefit of haven built these muscles is less effective if you simply can’t move your body comfortably and with ease. Instead of having the aesthetic of strength in muscle mass, Pilates can strengthen the tendons and ligaments in which these bulky muscles are attached to.
The “Beer Belly” Man
Men tend to carry extra weight in their belly whether or not they actually drink beer. Pilates, the developer of core strength, can help you get that 6 pack you’ve always wanted. Because most of Pilates’ exercises center on your abdominals, you can decrease your waist size without having to hit the gym and at the convenience of your own home.
The “I’m getting old and don’t have time to exercise” Man
Let’s face it. The older you get, your bones get weaker and your metabolism slows down. You start to develop back pain and perhaps you’re building insecurities about the way you look. Fortunately, Pilates has come to your rescue. Each exercise has been carefully designed to improve your posture and the efficient movement patterns you perform during each exercise trains your body to move in ways you thought you never could again!
What was that? You don’t the time?
Well, here’s the thing. Everyone has time to LOOK GOOD. You can even make room to FEEL GOOD. This mind/body exercise can be performed in less than thirty minutes which means you’re only thirty minutes away from changing your body for the rest of your life.
The “I’m too shy to work out in a room full of women” Man
Personally, I like to exercise privately. So, I hear you. Being in a room full of women doing pretzel-like exercises can be intimidating. Or, it can be bold. Think about it. How many men have the confidence to engage in activities labeled as “women-only”? The ladies will recognize this as courageous.
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