There aren't any words to describe how many men (and women!) keep on neglecting those essential muscle groups! The end result of this is an impact on flexibility, accumulating to back pain and bad posture!
Sound Familiar but can't find anything to fix it?
Pilates is what you need!
And no, we aren't talking about a few sit-ups and planks- the fitness industry has been giving you completely the wrong idea all these years!
A strong core is essential. Why? It provides a stable and balanced center-point for which forces can be distributed freely and evenly across the body. It's no wonder in Pilates terms the core is called the 'powerhouse'! When you start training your core through Pilates you will notice that all your muscles are interconnected through your core; not to mention how much power for so many movements comes from here!
Did you know it's literally impossible to squat or lunge without your abdominal muscles?
Training your core will boost your athletic and sporting performance. It compliments intense training protocols, such and strength and/or aerobic based training. Pilates puts you in a great position physically to be able to perform at your peak, without causing injury or working the wrong muscle groups.
Furthermore, core strength is not just for the sport type- having a strong core is just as important for everyday physical functioning. Have you noticed your posture at the work desk lately? Pilates can be a huge help for this too!
No matter the age, lifestyle or sporting endeavors, every male can better from increased core strength. Sure, we might have thought about yoga as a method of winding down after a long day, but have you ever considered Pilates?
Pilates training focuses on being present and aware of your movement, your breathing and how the two work together.
When you are performing Pilates, it takes considerable concentration. It's almost like mindfullness and a workout all in one! For the entire duration of the class you are unable to zone out and be distracted by all the work tasks for the next day, errands you didn't get time to run or other pressures! Pilates is the time to forget about deadlines, bills and chores and just focus on perfecting breathing and movement flow.
Earlier in this post, we commented on how pilates can work your pelvic floor. Yes, men have a pelvic floor too! It is actually essential in maintaining erections and can actually contribute to better sex! So not only can pilates be a great relaxer, but can promote a great boost of endorphins too!
Pilates has many more benefits than the fitness industry will have you believe. It isn't as easy as it looks and it's not just for women! You'd be amazed by the incredible effects pilates can have on your body!