Why work muscles no one can see in a Pilates class when there are …

Why work muscles no one can see in a Pilates class when there are …

…  biceps and pecs to be pumping and showing off in the gym…?

This is often the macho reaction of men, when confronted with an alternative to pumping iron in the weights room.

In response, Michael Sherlock, head trainer at Tempo Pilates – based in Hackney and Covent Garden – says “Pilates is all about focusing on the core, known in Pilates as the “Powerhouse”, which ultimately supports and stablises the entire body. Put simply, the best runners, the best cyclists, the best swimmers, and yes those who can lift the heaviest weights injury free are those who have a strong core and know how to activate it correctly. Pilates will help build your foundation of control, strength and understanding of movement to economise and maximize the benefits and results of your other exercise regimes”.

Pilates is often seen as a women’s activity, but it’s important to remember that a man developed Pilates – a man who designed his method to treat male POW and subsequently trained athletes: boxers, wrestlers, skiers, gymnasts, and even circus performers before dancers got in on the action.

Though classic mat work Pilates is a great way of developing and supporting the core, it’s not for everyone. If it’s not “active” enough for you – you may still enjoy the challenge of a reformer Pilates class, such as Tempo Pilates. The Pilates reformer is a machine with resistance springs and pulleys, making movement more challenging and interesting. It provides the perfect way to build lean toned muscle and support men in improving their balance, flexibility, coordination and posture, create deep strong core strength, help lower back pain and iron out muscular imbalances.

Creating a reformer Pilates method that incorporates an ever changing upbeat playlist, a cardio element to elevate the heart-rate and weights has enabled the director of Tempo Pilates, Daniel Le Roux to develop a unique Pilates method for those who want an all round body-conditioning class that’s challenging and fun, while also building deep core strength. It’s an intelligent workout that will sharpen focus and increase the ability to concentrate and perform in other areas of fitness and life.

However, while men often need educating about the benefits of Pilates, the truth is, the Tempo Pilates Reformer method is for everyone: men, women, athletes, the flexible and inflexible, the coordinated and the uncoordinated. Pilates is age- and gender-blind; not black or white, but shades of grey.

As part of National Men’s Health week, we’re offering the first 10 male Shine customers who haven’t been to us before a free class with Tempo Pilates E8 or WC2. Click here to find out more and sign up. To win, ensure you have set up an account with us and email us at [email protected] quoting SHINE.

By Michael Sherlock

Head Trainer at Tempo Pilates