I can remember several years ago hearing a fellow instructor chatting with her fiancé who was temporarily relocated overseas for business. She hung up the phone and said to me, “He had to go because he was going to be late for his Pilates class.”
She could not believe that her macho guy had gotten addicted to Pilates. The truth of the matter is Pilates was invented by a man, Joseph Pilates. It is also important for men, especially male athletes.
On the forefront of furnishing the man cave with Pilates equipment are the NBA Nets. Several years ago their strength and conditioning coach implemented it as part of their regimen.
According to USAToday.com, “The players were so dependent that throughout the NBA playoffs in 2002, a leading Pilates company shipped special equipment to the team's hotel on road trips.”
Pilates is an internal core strength workout that builds a mind/body connection. That deep connection with the body’s center and core is also deeply important for all of the required moves in basketball such as running, jumping, pivoting and shooting.
So what about your regular guy, who just likes to shoot a few hoops on the weekends or play a few holes with his buddies on Fridays? How can Pilates benefit him?
The truth of the matter is, as a Pilates instructor, I’ve seen Pilates prevent injury and improve their flexibility, so a guy can be the weekend warrior he wants to be. I’ve also seen it tremendously improve their golf game.
As Joseph Pilates is quoted on Centerworks.com, “A man is as young as his spinal column.”
However, Pilates is also good for “at home recreation” both off-court and off-course. There is research supporting Pilates helping for a better sex life.
According to PilatesFitness.com, “Strong pelvic floor muscles help to improve bedroom performance immensely and sexual dysfunction may be decreased through Pilates.”
Some Pilates experts claim that it may help ward off prostate cancer. According to the site, “It is believed that the deterioration of the pelvic floor muscles is the major factor contributing to prostate cancer.