by Pamela Arevalo, Certified Pilates Instructor
It can be hard to be a man in today’s fitness world. Many people think that group classes, especially Pilates and Yoga are only for women- that they aren’t manly. I feel for you, I really do. You sit for long hours at your desk looking at your computer, you sit in your recliner watching the game… you are so focused, so entertained that you can’t hear your spine yelling at you and begging you to correct your posture! Yes, YOU, YOU, YOU… You can feel the back pain, you know your muscles are getting stiff, but stepping into a group class for stretching is intimidating—especially with so many of the group classes being dominated by women. So you just sit back and sigh and your muscles get tighter and tighter and your back pain gets worse and worse.
Well, smile! A man just like you, Joseph Hubertus Pilates, many years ago thought about you. Smile more! Your club thought about you and has a fully equipped Pilates studio with top notch equipment to help you improve flexibility and posture. We offer small group training and one-on-one sessions, and yes, it’s waiting for YOU!
In today’s health and wellness world there is no need for you to have tight hamstrings and hip flexors, or shoulder and neck stiffness, a flat back or rounded shoulders. It’s not fair to deprive yourself from enjoying life without pain, and Pilates offers the possibility to become more flexible, to develop core strength, to improve your game. The possibilities are endless! So breathe and relax because Pilates could be your answer… and don’t worry, not ballerina moves for you.
We know you love facts so here you go:
- Pilates is a mindful and comprehensive way of exercising the body. It provides you with unique and effective ways to increase flexibility in tight areas such as the hamstrings, lower back, and shoulders by lengthening the muscles against resistance. Pilates equipment is a unique tool: it allows for eccentric muscle contractions—muscle lengthening as it resists a force—key for improving flexibility and for achieving long and strong muscles.
- Pilates focuses on recruiting, engaging, aligning, and strengthening the core muscles (the trunk, shoulder girdles, and pelvis) as well as local global body stabilizers. Pilates knows and addresses the pain that can come from and inactive gluteus that tightens the hip flexors.
- Pilates reeducates the body, teaching it how to be mindful while in movement. It gives powerful insights on how to integrate the pelvis, trunk, and shoulder girdle in a harmonious, yet powerful way.
- Pilates accommodates for full range of motion, hence it allows you to perform slow, controlled and flowing movements that will target specific muscle groups necessary to stabilize the body.
- Pilates will improve coordination, balance, bone density, spine articulation, breathing patterns, and functional movement.
- Pilates leads to better posture, efficient movement, decreased risk of injury, increased range of motion, increased athletic performance, effective post-rehabilitation, longer and leaner muscles, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as low back pain, scoliosis, tight hip flexors, and pain related to shoulder injuries.