Historically, most sports and exercise programs have been separated along gender lines in some way or another.
Like associating netball with women or soccer with men, many of us have been socialised to think of physical activity in a black and white way. However, the world as we know it is continuously changing the way it looks at things.
There are now men’s netball teams and women’s soccer teams forming all the time – and isn’t it fantastic!
Similarly, when it comes to exercise regimes, Pilates has often been seen as a feminine activity – associated with ideas of stay-at-home mums passing the time or stressed out female professionals blowing off some steam.
What you may not have known is that Pilates was actually developed by a man as a strength building exercise. While the gym bodes well to develop the body’s cosmetic outer muscle range, Pilates is the secret to developing the body’s inner core strength, the key supporting foundation to everyday life.
If you’re a male reading this article, or have a partner, brother or father that you’d like to try Pilates – don’t let misconceptions rob you or them of the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of participating in Pilates.
Beyond all the benefits, who knows – you may well enjoy it!
If you’ve been wondering about the perks of Pilates for men, this blog is for you.
Pilates Perk #1: Improved Coordination Between Different Parts of Your Body
It’s a fact that some people are just clumsier than others. Because Pilates demands so much balance, it may scare you off if coordination isn’t your thing. But don’t be so quick to write it off.
Just like in any other field, practice makes perfect. You may stumble through your first few sessions, but you’ll get the hang of it if you hang in there. Your body and mind will become better coordinated and balanced, which is something you can take into other parts of your life as well.
Pilates Perk #2: A Comfortable Way to Improve on Flexibility
In some ways, men can be a bit stiffer than women when it comes to flexibility. This is part of the reason why Pilates is seen as a feminine activity.
However, this isn’t a universal truth. If you’re a man who’s a little on the stiff side, continuous Pilates classes will loosen those muscles and extend your range of movement. Whether you’re a dancer, sportsperson or just a regular guy, you’ll feel better and less tense each and every session.
Pilates Perk #3: A Firm Focus on Building Core Muscle Strength
There’s no exercise regime that better serves the purpose of building strength than Pilates. It’s in the very essence of Pilates to challenge your body to carry its own weight, entirely. This makes for a strong core and spinal area, which translates into muscular strength in the rest of the body.
If you take anything from this article, it should be that no physical activity is exclusively “for girls” or “for guys”. Everybody is unique, which means it’s up to you to find the exercise that achieves the best results for your own goals.
Free yourself from gendered perceptions so that you can make the most of the classes we have available to you here at Dynamic Pilates.
Just imagine the muscle gains, decreased tension and increased flexibility you could get from joining a Pilates class at any of our four studios across Manly, Glebe, Crows Nest and the CBD.
Now, stop imagining – and join us today!
If you prefer a more personal experience, our $70 introductory one-to-one private session promotion could be for you. Or why not try our 2 for $20 intro offer, where you and a partner can come along to one of our Reformer or Barre classes to get a feel for the Dynamic Pilates difference!