Pilates for Men


Pilates began with Joseph Pilates and with the boxers he taught. The exercises are accessible to all
and can be adapted to support any age and fitness level. Exercises can also be designed to support
other sports disciplines, such as golf, football, tennis, running and other forms of exercise or sports.

Pilates can benefit

Spinal pain

 Soft-tissue injuries

 Joint restriction

 Injury prevention

 Sports injuries

Dance injuries

Occupational overuse syndrome

The aims of Pilates are

 Relaxation

Concentration

Alignment

Coordination

Breathing

Flowing movements

Centring

Endurance

Pilates focuses on developing the strength of the torso through appropriate use of the spinal
muscles, which act as vital support for the spine. The exercises control the body and in turn focuses
the mind. Pilates aims to work within a stable background through control of the spine, it can also
correct muscle imbalances and postural problems.
Pilates can help to correct any overactivity of muscle groups, for example if you lift regularly using
the muscles in your arms and shoulders, without a strong torso, you will create a weakness in the
stabilizers (the back and abdominal muscles). This could eventually cause injury in the arm and
shoulder muscles. The rest of the body may compensate for this weakness and therefore issues
could arise in other areas. Therefore, by a carefully designed programme of exercises, you can learn
to strengthen the torso, build core strength and support the body effectively. Pilates is often
recommended by chiropractors and physiotherapists for this reason.


Read more here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-pilates/