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Pilates: Owned by Women, Made for Men

By Tas Sukwaen

Without a doubt, Pilates has become increasingly popular. But with any rise in popularity, there is also a rise in misconceptions and misnomers. It’s a common misconception that Pilates is made for women, by women. This, unfortunately, is about as far from the truth as you can get. Not only was Pilates invented by Joseph Pilates, a man, but whose fitness regiment was so sought after the German Military asked Pilates to assist in training their military forces for WWI. It’s noteworthy to say Pilates declined and emigrated to America. 

So, this “women-only” perception of Pilates is far from the truth. Here’s why more men should consider giving Pilates a try:

1. Enhanced Core Strength

Having a strong core is crucial. The core supports the spine, enhances posture, and is fundamental in almost every movement, whether lifting weights, playing sports, or performing daily activities. While Pilates exercises target deep abdominal muscles and help in building a rock-solid core, it also gives you those abs you’ve so desperately been seeking to obtain.

2. Increased Flexibility

Yikes, this one’s tough for guys. Let’s start with what happens when you don’t focus on flexibility. Lack of Flexibility can lead to a higher risk of injuries and decreased athletic performance. So if you’re a man who engages in weight training or high-impact sports, it helps to prevent the stiffness that often accompanies these activities. Improved flexibility can enhance performance, reduce pain, and increase the range of motion.

3. Injury Prevention

Pilates focuses on controlled movements and proper alignment, which can significantly reduce the risk of injuries. For men involved in high-intensity sports or physically demanding jobs, Pilates can be a game-changer. It strengthens muscles evenly and promotes joint health, reducing the likelihood of strains, sprains, and other common injuries. Moreover, the emphasis on proper form and movement patterns can translate into better performance and reduced injury risk in other forms of exercise.

4. Stress Relief and Mental Health

I hope that men are opening up to the idea that men can feel… well, emotions. Pilates is mindful. Each movement is controlled with an emphasis on breathing, so you can reduce stress and promote relaxation. For men who often face high levels of stress in their personal or professional lives, Pilates can be a great way to unwind and recharge.

All this being said, Pilates is an industry dominated by women. So if you don’t think you’re cut out for it, that’s fine.


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