Although the majority of my clients are women I am definitely seeing more men joining our classes and benefiting from this wonderful form of exercise.
Is Pilates for men different than for women? No! Not at all. Everyone works to their own ability and exercises are adapted accordingly. Men generally have tighter hamstrings and a narrower pelvis but other than that, there is no difference.
Pilates was created by a man, Joseph Pilates. He was a gymnast, boxer and military trainer and archive pictures of him in his eighties show a very strong, lean physique.
The Pilates exercises were originally devised for soldiers, boxers and athletes before he moved more towards teaching injured ballet dancers and actors.
“These [Pilates] exercises are really very necessary when you do a lot of sitting… They keep you flexible enough to pull on your socks as you get older… When I get out of the car now, I don’t go arrggghhh…” Martin Amis, novelist and twice-a-week Pilates devotee
The All Blacks and the Welsh Rugby Union is among the high-profile advocates of Pilates…
Alongside Andy Murray who turned to Pilates for help with his recurring back problem.
Pilates is incredibly powerful and compliments all other forms of exercise. Over time, core strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, and posture will all be improved. Joseph Pilates himself said: ‘You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions’.
So why not buy your Father, brother, partner, son, friend, a Christmas voucher for a Pilates class?
It might just change their life!
Oh, and you can buy a voucher from me if a local Marlow class is what you’re after…