How men can also reduce back pain, shoulder stiffness & improve their flexibility with Pilates.
Pilates has long been associated with lithe slender women, creating an intimidating impression of what a Pilates class can be.
This couldn’t be further from the truth! These days, Pilates classes are filled with a huge range of people from sedentary working men & women to athletes, golfers, cricketers, cyclists, gardeners, rowers & a multitude of retired folk of all ages extolling the virtues of Pilates
So what is Pilates exactly?
Often men think of Pilates as rehabilitation form injury yet more & more people are turning to Pilates as prehab method of training. In other words, creating and maintaining core strength helps to prevent injury & keep the body in it’s optimal position.
How can men benefit?
We often hear Pilates being recommended as the go-to exercise for helping reduce back pain.
Absolutely! This is achieved by focusing on correcting alignment, developing deep core strength, recognising, recruiting and lengthening the muscles which allow the body to retain it’s ideal posture. Combined with increasing flexibility and building on the range of movement in all areas of the body you can achieve so much more too.
Interestingly, we may be less likely to hear about the merits of enhanced self-awareness and calm control. Pilates steadily cultures overall muscle & ligament tolerance helping to manifest more secure balance and coordination.
All of which contribute towards helping us function more efficiently and in turn alleviate those annoying niggles.
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Let’s go back to the beginning.
The discipline itself was created by Joseph Pilates (a man!) in the 1920’s as an exercise regime to recuperate soldiers back to health. He went on to hone his craft in New York, earning worldwide accolade for his efforts.
It speaks volumes that it is still widely respected in both medical & fitness fields as the definitive exercise programme suitable for almost every individual and continues to grow in popularity today.