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Men’s Benefits From Pilates

Don’t let the name fool you, Pilates aren’t just for the women, men can benefit from this fitness miracle too and in a big way.

First of all we need t oget rid of the stigma of Pilates.  It’s not a pop catch phrase it is named after scientist and fitness researcher and pioneer Joseph Pilates from Germany.  See, a man invented Pilates.  It’s a form of very specific and controlled exercises meant to strengthen certain muscle groups primary focus being on spinal alignment and the pelvis.  That being said the exercises themselves have had quite a long time to what we know of it today and it’s success has spawned new devotees all over the world.

Pilates for men work for all walks of life.  From top athlete to weekend warrior and with the rising number of men taking up the discipline it’s proven itself not only successful but growing in demand.  Of course men look for exercise regimens to strengthen their upper bodies and Pilates can do that, however it’s primary goal is to align, strengthen and center the core muscles, spine, and pelvis.  This is because these are central regions to over all strength allowing for a fine tuned musculature that covers the major functions of muscular use throughout the body daily.

Men need this form of exercise regimen.  Lifting heavy objects and the wear and tear of sports, bad posture situations can all beat a fellow down where his basic strengths get compromised and open the door for possible problems.  A proper alignment avoids injuries and chiropractic costs.  Pilates could be considered  a major preventative measure to injuries and other illnesses.

The abdominal muscles are most important to overall muscular function.  With Pilates they set up the pelvic region and the spine can better align the pelvis.  If fancy footwork is needed in a man’s life then this is most essential.  Bad posture means bad balance.  One doesn’t wwant to be prone to accidents so it’s easy to see why Pilates can be a big benefit to anyone especially men.

Once the exercises are mastered it calls for fine tuning.  After that it’s a matter of seeing how your other life challenges improve.  If you’re into sports you should see improvments quickly.  Golf especially.  It can take a toll on the alignment of the spine and pelvis with each swing.  A golfer has to be precise on that drive and specialty shots as no two golf games offer the same exact challenges.  Improvisation and innovation follows every duffer’s game.  Same goes for tennis.  You’re moving around at mind numbing speeds and catching a ball with a racket calls for speed and balance.  The spine and pelvis can easily become out of adjustment if something goes wrong.

Not only sports are at question here.  Everyday things like working at the office where you’re sitting a lot.  Bad posture is easy to come by here.  Doing Pilates can get you aligned and strong so that you can avoid this pitfall easily.  Working around the house calls for cleaning and moving things.  If you’re the one doing the yard work or repairs you’ll need that flexibility, core strength and alignment that Pilates can afford.

So overall, Pilates isn’t a girl thing.  It’s a discipline that can benefit boys and men for as long as they practice it.

 

 
 
 
 

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