Pilates Benefits for Men
There are numerous benefits of Pilates for men, whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, injury recovery, or a sedentary male.
The ability to move freely, with control and ease for everyday activities, a favorite pastime or sport is essential to one’s quality of life and longevity. Pilates is not “just stretching” nor is it easy. Unlike many other methods of exercise, Pilates doesn’t compartmentalize. This means that even if a particular exercise has a main anatomical focus, such as abdominal strengthening, the whole body is working synergistically. The rest of the body is engaged in some manner to either stabilize, aid in releasing another part of the body or both.
For example, the Pilates poster exercise the 'Hundred’ which focuses on strengthening the abdominals (in layman terms, the lower abs) along with the respiratory muscles for greater breathing capacity. Endurance is built during The Hundred by the number of repetitions. Other parts of the body that are utilized in this exercise are the hip extensors (aka back of the legs & under the butt), inner thighs to keep the legs together and reaching out, the upper back muscles are stabilizing to hold the position, and the pumping arms challenging the control for commencing with the exercise. Holding the legs just off the ground or as high as 45 degrees requires a length of the muscles of the legs and with time and consistency increases flexibility.
Pilates enhances a man’s control, coordination, balance, and proprioception of his body and focuses the mind. In Pilates, no one muscle is overdeveloped creating suppleness, support, increased balance, and less weakness in the body. All of this helps to prevent injury and/or recover from an injury. It’s noteworthy to mention that Pilates for men enhances sexual performance and pleasure through stamina, endurance, and strengthening of the pelvic floor.