The functional fitness provided by Pilates is just as important for men as it is for women. The benefits of Pilates for men are very different than the ones you get from cross-fit or traditional gym training – but they will add to the quality of your movement, and your life, in a pretty big way.
A male body is often less flexible than females due to larger muscle mass, especially in the hips, quadriceps and hamstrings. Tightness in these areas can lead to lower back pain and poor posture.
One of the main objectives of Pilates is the development of a connected and stable core as the foundation for strength and mobility. This isn’t just the deep abdominal wall but also the pelvic floor, deep back muscles and respiratory diaphragm. For men, including the very active or even athletes, this is highly beneficial. In our experience, some men who join Kelly Washington Fitness classes come to Pilates after they’ve had an injury of some kind. Their pain and dysfunction aren’t responding to the things they’ve tried and the ways they’re used to working through things. But after regular Pilates sessions, and working on the core in the correct way, offers some amazing possibilities beyond rehab.
So men, whether you’re fit and active and what to strengthen your core, or if you’re looking to improve strength after injury or surgery, Pilates classes will be highly rewarding. We have online classes available for all abilities and age, and you would be very welcome to join.