For the past twenty years there’s been an increasing interest in the core building work out called Pilates. That interest has primarily been the focus of modern-day working women, housewives, and single mothers. The point: it’s been promoted for women.
However, the core group using core building is turning the corner. There was a time when men scoffed at the thought of enrolling in a Pilates class, just for the gals, right? Wrong, increasingly men are discovering the advantages of Pilates.
The History of Pilates
Many professional sports teams are incorporating Pilates into the training camp regiments. Whether it’s soccer, the NBA, baseball, hockey, or the NFL, Pilates has been used for training all these athletes. It’s difficult for men to poo-poo Pilates when the likes of Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch, and Russell Wilson have trained with Pilates.
After all, Pilates was developed by a MAN! It was the procedure used by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 20th Century. Joseph Pilates, born in German in 1883, became obsessed with fitness. Why not? He was born into a fitness household. Joseph’s mother was a naturopath – one who advocated the treatment of illnesses through the use of diet, herbs, and of course… EXERCISE! And to further peek Pilates’ interest, his father was a gymnast. Joseph’s story is reminiscent of Teddy Roosevelt. Both were sickly boys and chose the path of strenuous exercise to develop into strong men. In Pilates’ case, he used training techniques and gymnast exercises to develop his system. By the 1980s, Pilates caught on. And in the past few years there’s emerged a burgeoning interest in Pilates for men.
What is Pilates?
Joseph Pilates developed a system that focused on balance, strength, and flexibility. Instead of just developing the arms and legs like most weight training programs, Pilates concentrates on the abs, lats, glutes, or the core.
Don’t discount the improvement of posture and body appearance. If your body looks good, people respond to you in a positive way, and you feel better when you see a fine physical specimen in the mirror. Additionally, balance, strength, and flexibility are greatly improved with the Pilates system.
Other benefits include elimination of back pain, and balanced muscle groups. When you’re toned with this training there’s a lower percentage chance of injuries. And finally the bones are built up as more pressure is placed on them; the result, fewer bone and joint injuries.
In this technological age there’s a vast group of people with sedentary vocations. Consequently, we see an increase in type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. Pilates is certainly one of the most effective cures. So, even if you’re a man, there’s no reason to eschew the benefits of Pilates.