With five reasons for men to give reformer Pilates a go!
Reformer Pilates is becoming increasingly popular with men because of its incredible benefits. With this years theme for Men's Health week being how to create healthy habits, it makes perfect sense to us that Pilates is part of that change that's made!
We know how great Pilates is for everyone, no matter their gender, and with that in mind, we've created a Gym Series on our Your Reformer - At Home OnDemand platform for all the men out there, in celebration of Men's health week.
Whether experienced or brand new to Pilates, this series of exercises guided by our much-loved Instructor Brendon, is designed to showcase how our favourite gym exercises transfer directly onto the Pilates reformer bed, whilst also providing the added benefits Pilates brings to a fitness routine.
Here's our top five reasons for men to give reformer Pilates a go:
- Core strength and stability
Core strength and stability work are key components of a reformer Pilates workout that can assist in developing physical strength. In our reformer classes, we focus heavily on correct technique and activation of deep core muscles including abdominals, back and pelvic floor. This can lead to increased strength, stability, greater posture, athletic performance and injury prevention. Our Your Reformer - At home app also has classes specific to working the core.
- Injury prevention
The low-impact nature of reformer Pilates is beneficial to those who carry or are prone to injury. All movements on the reformer are controlled and mindful, working key stabilising muscles to support joints, improve movement patterns, flexibility, and create body awareness that in turn can strengthen imbalances within the body.
- Increased flexibility and range of movement
Reformer Pilates not only works to build strength but at the same time lengthens the muscles, creating greater flexibility and mobility. Using the resistance of the reformer apparatus to perform your favourite gym movements allows flexibility and mobility to be prioritised at the same time as building strength. Pilates helps to prevent injury, enhances athletic performance and overall it improves range of movement.
- Full body workouts in a time-efficient way
Short on time but want a full-body workout? A reformer class is perfect for this. We have a range of full-body workouts that can provide strength, stability and mobility for glutes, hamstrings, calves, inner thighs, abdominals, back, chest, shoulders and arms, all in 30 – 50 minutes.
- Mind-body connection & mental health
All physical exercise is a great way to improve mental strength and mind-body awareness. Reformer Pilates includes breath with movement, control of exercises, and the added benefit of instructors guiding you through the process. As a mindful form of movement, Pilates is great for cultivating mental clarity, focus and overall mindfulness practice.
Essentially, Reformer Pilates is for everybody. It can be incredibly complementary to strength and conditioning or other movement modalities.
In our gym series, Brendon shows you exactly this, and how these movements on the reformer bed can even replace a workout on the gym floor. What better way to celebrate Men’s health week than to give Reformer Pilates a go!