The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
Pilates exercises are becoming a popular choice among men. Health care professionals, especially physio therapists, are recommending Pilates to both men and women. Don’t forget, Joesph Pilates was an extremely fit man well into his 80’s, so he had to be doing something right. For men who are concerned with keeping their core and back muscles equally strong, Pilates is their best option.
Men generally want to be more muscular than women. They are starting to understand that toning and stretching are also an important part of being agile and fit. The Pilates method of building strength is very different from a gym workout. Men are always surprised, (sometimes shocked), at how much strength is needed to perform Pilates exercises correctly. I generally find that the men I work with are lacking strength in their lower back’s. Their core strength is also less than they thought. They have been used to doing quick sit-ups often with their feet hooked under a bar and they have been trained to think that more is better.
I have new clients try a couple of simple exercises when they first come to Synergy Pilates. These exercises (minus the little cheats that we are all so used to doing), not only help me understand what level of fitness a person is at, but it helps the client understand where they are at and how Pilates can help them. The men are hooked after trying a few exercises. How often have I heard, “Why can’t I do that!” Learning the art of muscle isolation, being able to tap into the strength that you body already has and learning how to isolate and strengthen the weaker muscles in ones body are some of the challenges during a Pilates workout. The Pilates Reformer is an excellent machine designed specifically for these goals.
In September we will be starting couples and co-ed classes. There will be 2 men and 2 ladies per class. Lots of fun! A great way to tone, strengthen and unwind at the end of a day’s work. For more information call Julie Akin at 604 809-9463 or email email@example.com I look forward to meeting you!
Julie Akin – Pilates Instructor at Synergy – Staying Fit Pilates in South Surrey / White Rock