Pilates for men!

When 'man' hears Pilates, he usually thinks of a group of women sitting together in a room on mats doing exercises for the trunk muscles and pelvic floor. Perhaps he has also heard of the benefits against back problems. If 'man' searches the internet for Pilates, he is inundated with a thoroughly feminine marketing. So why should 'man' do Pilates?

1. Joseph Pilates, the inventor of the method, was a man! His great role model was Eugen Sandow, one of the forefathers of bodybuilding.2. Train like the pros and the stars: Hugh Jackmann (X-Men), Daniel Craig (James Bond), Andy Murray (WTA number 2), LeBron James (Cleaveland Cavaliers), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) and many others keep fit with Pilates.

3. Pilates training helps to better achieve specific training goals: It trains the abdominal muscles, helps to run faster, hit harder and jump higher. In addition, it makes it possible to train sports longer and more intensively.
4. Many men suffer from tension in the back and neck area. Pilates helps to relax these regions and thus make them more flexible and supple.

Pilates training is often characterized by a female way of teaching (over 90% of all Pilates teachers and instructors are women). This means a different way of teaching and a different way of using pictures and instructions. Men need clear, direct and not too flowery instructions and they want to sweat during the training. Therefore the chosen exercises should use as much muscle as possible to increase the overall load. Elements with increased cardiorespiratory demands such as dynamic jumps are also suitable. Training on the Pilates machines is ideal: Men like tools and equipment, pulling on something, lifting themselves up and overcoming resistance. All this is made possible by the Reformer, Trapeze Table and Co.

Michael Brunner, sports teacher, educator Polestar Pilates


- http://www1.wdr.de/themen/archiv/stichtag/stichtag6530.html

- https://osha.europa.eu./de/toold-and-publications/publications/reports/209 

Quelle: Gesundheit & Therapie, April 2016