A common misconception is that Pilates is a 'gentle exercise just for women'. Mmmmmm. Quite apart from the fact that there are some women out there who can actually do some pretty hard stuff that many guys can only dream of doing (in Pilates and elsewhere!), Pilates is a form of exercise designed by a man, Joseph Pilates, in order to improve the efficient working of the human body, male or female.
With it's whole body approach and emphasis on core strengthening, alignment and balance, Pilates provides a good counterpoint to the traditional workouts for men, which tend to approach muscle groups individually rather than as a part of a whole (think weightlifting).
Pilates can also bring benefits to men and women practising traditional sports. Many sports coaches are turning to Pilates for improving co-ordination, flexibility, mobility and precision, as well as for prevention of injuries, in disciplines such as football, rugby, cricket, surfing and horse riding.
Top male athletes who practise Pilates include Andrew Flintoff of the England cricket team, footballer David Beckham, the All Blacks rugby team and rowers Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell. Even the US Military are doing it.
Finally, if you're still not convinced that Pilates can work for men too, just take a look at Mr Pilates over there in the picture - doesn't look that 'girly', does he?
If you're interested in taking a taster Pilates private class, please contact me to arrange.