Note this: Pilates was originally created by a man – Joseph Pilates. This was originally a training vehicle for men but has been used by both genders for over 50 years.
Today, you would notice that there is a scarcity of male participants in Pilates classes at the gym. This class is frequented by females but it does not mean it is any less applicable for men. However, nowadays the number of men doing pilates has increased because of its huge benefits. Here are some benefits of Pilates for men:
Helps men keep physically fit and injury free.
To stay physically fit and active, you need to have good levels of flexibility and mobility in the body.
Doing pilates even if it means allotting just an hour a week will help you recover from an injury as well as prevent further risk of injury from lifting weights at the gym or from playing sports.
A pilates exercise focuses on your core. It improves your core strength and general fitness. Achieving a good core strength you will be able to lift more and perform better, with fewer injuries.
Practicing pilates will help you relax, rejuvenate and release tension. The breath, which is the pilates principle, creates a physiological response in the body that helps reduce stress and anxiety. Pilates also enhances your stress resilience by improving your ability to respond and cope with stress.
Promotes better mental focus
Breathing is an essential component in all Pilates Classes. The breathing pattern being used in this class improves the effectiveness of exercising and helps supply oxygen to the muscles. The focus you build during your workout will stay with you, to further enhance your focus and concentration in your daily life.
Improves brain functions and memory.
Pilates is a mind-body exercise discipline. This exercise pumps blood to the brain which should make you think more clearly. It also improves your memory and protects your brain against injury and disease.
Improves your confidence.
Pilates can help improve your body by helping you achieve your weight goals. If you want to lose those extra pounds, this exercise can help you attain that goal, which will help you feel better physically. When you start developing a positive self image, an inner confidence can begin to shine through.
While Pilates may not build bulky muscles like weight lifting, the muscle you will have will be more functional and better your movement through everyday life.There are also many benefits for men to start joining pilates classes. Men can receive the same benefits women do when practicing pilates such as: strengthens lungs, improves posture, recover from injury, and more. Pilates is definitely a great way for men to exercise!