Men joke with me all the time that Pilates is for girls…I find it hilarious because it’s so NOT true! Pilates was created by a man, Joseph Pilates. He created this form of exercise to strengthen his entire body. Some of the exercises he designed were done only by men, no woman allowed!
Joseph Pilates had a background in boxing and was a self-defense instructor for detectives at Scotland Yard. Nothing girly about that, right? The man was even asked my German officials to teach his fitness method to their army – but he declined, as he didn’t agree with their political views.
Somewhere along the line Pilates, as a form of exercise, became more popular with women. But don’t let that fool you! Men are realizing the potential for Pilates training, although they still have to get past the stigma of it being « women’s exercise ». Men tend to strengthen the body from the outside rather than from the inside as Pilates does. Pilates will make them start to think about their body and its function differently. In particular, they will start thinking about their « core ». Ultimately they will find that they transfer all that they learn in the pilates studio to the other sports or activities they do.
Whether you workout on the mat, Reformer or Tower Pilates is a demanding form of exercise.Check out the video for a little taste: