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Why men should do reformer pilates.

Pilates is a great way for men to get in shape. There are many different ways to do pilates, here we’ll go through the basics of reformer pilates and how it could help you improve your well being.

Men often find it difficult to maintain motivation for exercise as they are not sure what their goals are, how long it will take them to achieve these goals, or the best way of doing so. This is where reformer pilates comes in handy; its low-impact nature means that men can begin training without worrying about any potentially harmful side effects which more strenuous regimes might bring about.

Reformer Pilates works on strengthening muscles without bulk building. This makes reformer pilates perfect for toning up the body while building muscle endurance which will carry over into daily activities. Men can expect to see great results with better posture, balance, flexibility and strength. The reformer also targets areas which are often ignored when doing cardiovascular exercises such as weights or running at the gym – lower back, abs and pelvic floor.

Improving these areas has benefits for almost every part of your life including giving you better control over your bladder and bowel. The pelvic floor is very important in maintaining continence, the pubococcygeus muscles (the pelvic floor) can weaken which may lead to stress incontinence (when you sneeze/cough your bladder leaks). This is why it’s recommended that men do pilates to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles.

The reformer allows users to target specific muscle groups with greater or lesser degrees of resistance. These machines are an excellent way for men looking to build their overall musculature to do so in a safe environment where they can see immediate results without putting unnecessary strain on joints or using momentum to perform swings and lifts.

Reformer Pilates involves using a reformer – this looks like a mini bed with wheels, springs and some handles. You lay on the reformer and use the straps and bars to hold yourself in position while your instructor guides you through each exercise.

While doing reformer pilates you’ll be strengthening the entire body including:

  • Abs
  • Biceps 
  • Back 
  • Chest
  • Calves
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Hip Flexors
  • Obliques  
  • Quadriceps   
  • Shoulders   

It also leads to improved balance and control which can help with sporting activities or just carrying out the day to day activities around the house. This means it could improve how well you do at work and during recreational pursuits such as athletics, playing golf, tennis, touch football, rugby and much more.

So why should men do reformer pilates? It’s a great way of achieving overall fitness, improving balance, posture and flexibility while strengthening muscles. Reformer Pilates is also an excellent way to improve energy levels and emotional wellbeing too, making it a great choice for anyone looking to improve their quality of life.

Ready to join the tribe at Vibe Pilates?

We encourage everyone, of any age or ability, to join us for a Foundation class and see what Vibe Pilates is all about for yourself. You get to have a play with the machine and have fun learning new moves across a 45 minute workout.

Our Foundation session is a focus on the core foundations of the body. It’s a set up class designed for our beginners to get you started with confidence. The session is set at a slower pace to ensure you develop the understanding of the movement and feel why a reformer workout is so beneficial for your body.

Click here to join the tribe at Vibe Pilates today