Anytime men hear the word Pilates they just tend to run away, have you noticed? Men always tend to assume that Pilates is only for women, it’s too easy they say, I don’t want to be more flexible I want to be stronger, I don’t intend to be pregnant at any stage so I am fine.
Well, read on and you will be surprised at what Pilates can actually do for you gentlemen. Mister Stallone, as per video below, would I am sure agree.
Guess what, men have a pelvic floor too!
The ‘pelvic floor’ refers to a group of muscles that attach to the front, back, and sides of the pelvic bone and sacrum (the large fused bone at the bottom of your spine, just above the tailbone). Like a sling or hammock, these muscles support the organs in the pelvis, including bladder, uterus or prostate, and rectum. It basically keeps your organs from falling onto the floor.
The pelvic floor muscles form the base of the group of muscles commonly called the ‘core’. These muscles work with the deep abdominal muscles, back muscles and the diaphragm to support the spine and control the pressure inside the abdomen. This plays a crucial part notably protecting your lower back, essential in complex and loaded movement such as dead lift or burpees.
You can learn more about your pelvic floor and how to recruit here.
Pilates will enhance your sport performances
What if you could improve the way you move, increase your efficiency and feel better when you exercise? How would this impact your training load and your progress?
We recently took golf as an example in one of our latest posts (see here) but our points are valid for any sport practice. It is all about technique, recruiting the right muscles and fixing imbalances to improve your results and reach your goals.
Pilates is very effective in training muscles often forgotten, in an unusual and challenging environment. By taking the movement pattern you need to improve on, such as your golf swing, and get you work on it in a “non-familiar” environment, like practicing rotation lying on your back, Pilates can help your mind and body to develop more efficient movement strategies. Once you master these new strategies, you will gradually transfer them to a more “familiar” environment so your brain can strengthen these new movement patterns. Therefore, with practice and repetition you will improve your performance.
You will simply move better for longer
This is not being sexist; men are just slightly more prone to injury than women. Part of it is probably not listening as much to their body and not believing in stretching. Does that ring a bell?
If we take running as an example, insufficiently stretched muscles can cause many problems for a runner, slowing them down and also leading to serious injury. Strength and endurance training alone won't provide the progressive stretching that a regular Pilates workout will. Pilates stretching is integrated into the exercises helping prevent injuries, muscle strains and improve mobility.
We are not saying that you should give up your favourite gym workout, but see Pilates as a good complement to your exercise routine. Pilates integrate the use of all muscles rather than focusing on particular ones. It improves posture, range of movement, coordination and provides a sense of balance. Your body awareness will be heightened and this is the key to enhance your sport practice and workouts.
So ... REAL ... Men do Pilates too!
By combining strength and flexibility Pilates will not just be beneficial to you it will turn you into Superman! Check out our mat classes from beginner to advanced levels. Want a more personalised training? Book a private or semi-private studio class now!