We will be using various equipment including bands, bender balls and handweights.
Adding Pilates too your training regime delivers improvements in a number of areas, including muscle strength and control, balance, posture, flexibility and injury prevention.
People think Pilates is easy, it isn’t it requires you to achieve and maintain good form and posture while moving through a range of exercises. It requires continual mental and physical effort as you focus on correct muscle engagement and activation, often across several muscle groups at the same time. Your flexibility will help increase your range of movement through many compound lifts (squats, deadlifts etc), while the increase in core control will enable you to control more weight through this range – thus helping you build muscle mass in the gym. Pilates will also keep your body balanced and the muscles working correctly, helping you avoid injuries. If you can’t lift because you’re injured, you can’t improve your physique.
Pilates can help with back pain as it is focussed on improving posture and muscle function. The aim is to lengthen tight muscles that pull the body out of ideal posture and to strengthen the muscles that hold the body in good posture. For example, to help alleviate lower back pain, the hamstrings and hip flexors need to be stretched and the lower abs and glutes will need to be activated.
So why should I attend Pilates?
Because your body will work a lot better than one that doesn’t!
Premier League footballers, the England cricket team, Olympic athletes, tennis professionals, to name but a few are well versed in the benefits of doing Pilates.
The best news of all for men is that you don’t have to be a sportsman, professional or otherwise, to enjoy the benefits of Pilates.