Pilates 4 Men
Pilates isn't just for women. Gentlemen, did you know that Tiger Woods, Adam Melhuse, Dave Duval, and many more athletes take pilates to improve their flexibility, suppleness and stretching. The very things that Pilates does best!! Pilates is a comprehensive head-to-toe workout, but its often misidentified as womens exercise. In fact, it might surprise you that Pilates was originally created for men.
Joseph Pilates Method
His exercise system emphasized the development of the core muscle groups (the spine, abdominals, hips and lower back). Many famous male professional athletes, such as Tiger Woods, Jason Kidd (NBA basketball star), Curt Schilling (MLB pitcher) and Ruben Brown (NFL offensive lineman), have added Pilates to their training programs, in order to enhance their strength, coordination and flexibility by developing these core muscle areas. Most men who exercise frequently are strong, but their muscles are incredibly tense, diminishing the power that comes from a full range of movement and risking injury. For example they will likely have difficulty doing a strength and reach test (or sitting straight with their legs stretched out in front of them). This is because the male hamstrings tend to be very tight and inflexible. The answer is Pilates, which sculpts the body from the outside - making tight areas more agile. It also improves and makes many functional activities (things you do in your everyday routine) a lot easier on your muscles and joints. Pilates is a body/mind practice where part of the exercise is to bring one's full care and attention to every movement, enhancing that same ability when engaging in sport. Similarly, exacting alignment, and core training that goes beyond the superficial muscles, require more subtle attention and micro-adjustments than some men are used to finding in some gym workouts. The "just power through" approach risks injury as it is frequently done incorrectly. This often becomes most apparent when working with the Pilates equipment, which, though it is resistance equipment, is not intended to be overpowered. In fact, sometimes the lightest well-aligned movement is the ticket to a deeper level of fitness because it requires tremendous muscle work to provide control when resistance is light.
Pilates, emphasizes moving from the center of the body, the powerhouse, and developing core strength in the deep muscles of the center to stabilize the trunk and protect the back. this kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise. Increasing flexibility is a goal that Pilates addresses in a way that men often feel comfortable with. Pilates works toward functional fitness. That is, the ability to have the strength, balance, and flexibility that allows one to move through daily-life tasks with grace and ease. To this end, Pilates exercises do seek to increase flexibility and range of motion, but one won't find the kind of pretzel stretches in Pilates that occur frequently in gymnastics or yoga. As a health concern for men over 50 years of age, prostate cancer is one of the most common diseases. Its believed that the atrophy (deterioration) of the pelvic floor muscles is a major factor. By practicing Pilates, the muscles can be effectively strengthened, and as a result, the risk of prostate cancer potentially lessened. Pilates has also been shown to enhance sexual function, and as a result, sexual dysfunction may be decreased through Pilates practice.
Temecula, CA 92591
Temecula, CA 92591