Many people assume that Pilates is strictly for women; that’s completely false! Pilates was actually created by a man, named Joseph Pilates. Many trained athletes and celebrities such as Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, mega marathon runner George Chmiel, Alec Baldwin, and John Stamos have said that Pilates has helped strengthen their bodies and changed their lives. Here are some benefits for men from

Core Strength, flexibility, balance, uniform development, and efficient movement patterns – all are hallmarks of Pilates training and highly relevant to mens fitness. The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development”

She discusses how Pilates emphasizes moving the center of your body by developing your core strength. This is a great work out for your whole body and helps cross train with other sports. Ogle also bring up the point of increased flexibility and range of motion.

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 one might find in gymnastics or yoga.

Ogle goes on to say that right now Pilates is dominated by women, but this shouldn’t discourage men.  With new studies come out everyday showing  the health benefits of Pilates for men,  the demographic is quickly changing.  So bring in your boyfriends, husbands and brother, we hope to see you soon.

Why Pilates Is Good Fitness Training for Men” by Marguerite Ogle