As a follow up to Rael’s Webinar, he has asked me to answer some of the questions that came in on the topic of “Pilates for Men.” You can also join me for a Pilates for Men workshop I am presenting in Seattle on August 9th.
Q: How can we get more men into Mat Classes?
A: Getting men into a mat class can be difficult. I often offer my male clients a couple of privates before doing a mat class so I may show them some of the modifications they’ll be able to use once they do take the class. As much as we try to offer a noncompetitive setting in our Pilates studio men can still become embarrassed if they’re not keeping up and doing as well as the women. Keep ensuring your male clients that this is a noncompetitive setting and women welcome their presence.
Q: How can Pilates benefit bodybuilders?
A: Pilates has tremendous benefits for bodybuilders. Most bodybuilders, male and female, lack flexibility and stabilization. They tend to be more concerned with primary muscles then secondary (Stabilizers and fixators). I use this analogy with my bodybuilder clients “You cannot fire a cannon from a canoe,” which simply means you can have the biggest muscles in the world, but if you don’t have adequate stabilization you may injure your joints and tendons. I highly recommend teaching your bodybuilder clients exercises from module nine in the BASI course.
- Shoulder push
- Rowing series
- Shoulder stretch prone
- Shoulder addiction (single and double arm)
- Standing lunge
- Any hip series
- And knee stretch group
- Long stretch
- Pulling straps 1 & 2
Q: I feel like there has been a shift in the fitness world to focus on competition rather than community. I’m wondering if perhaps the lack of tangible overt competition in the practice of Pilates has made Pilates less attractive to men. What are your thoughts on this?
A: I believe the fitness industry is very competitive and unrealistic as far as community support. That being said, I believe the Pilates industry even more so now how stayed very noncompetitive. More and more men are finding the true benefits of Pilates. Walk into a country club bar and tell the men in there you can take three strokes off their golf game by doing Pilates and I guarantee you 90% of them will sign up. Not only are men signing up to do Pilates to enhance their sports activities and hobbies, but they’re finally truly understanding the rehabilitation benefits Pilates has to offer and how Pilates can help them remain injury free.