Please enjoy this hilarious read from one of our favorite male members. His “observations from the reformer” about Pilates for Men might just hit home.
“I have exercised 5 days a week for over 3 decades. I lift weights, run, cycle and everything in between. Men lift heavy things and take great pride in our strength. I know for me, it was awesome to lift weights, feel strong and get bigger and stronger. More than 5 years ago, I started Pilates and brought my male ego onto a Reformer with red, blue and white springs. SPRINGS!! REALLY? ? C’mon…I’m a guy, we lift things –HEAVY things off the floor of dusty gyms and put them down….over and over and over again. We grunt, we sweat, we yell….we are dudes. There was no way these springs are going to be enough. No way!! Then you go through a humiliating routine that includes short spine, teaser and all sorts of movements with your hips. Let’s not forget our glutes and core! What are a piriformis and psoas anyway? Do these muscles really exist…Ugh!!
Although most men have heard the benefits of Pilates – strength, conditioning, flexibility, why are there no guys in class? They are all filled with women, which makes no sense to me! Over these last 5 years, I am usually the only guy in class and have made some observations on why more guys don’t do Pilates. The following is my list in no particular order of importance:
- Male Ego. Pilates is simply the most efficient way to strengthen, condition and develop flexibility; however, you MUST set your ego aside to do small movements with muscles you didn’t know you had. You will not be lifting heavy objects or getting “huge”.
- Stone Breaking. Your male friends will regularly “break your stones” or “bust your b– lls” for taking Pilates. I have heard it all over the years – when I invite my friends to join me, I never hear “yes!”….cuz they know they can’t do an elephant with one white and one blue spring. Forget planking.
- Stronger Women. It is guaranteed there will be women that are stronger and more conditioned than you….face it, there is nothing more embarrassing than lying on your back in an Intermediate Tower class, heels pressed down being asked to roll up only to find you feel (and look) like a turtle, turned over on it’s shell struggling to get up. We don’t like women to see us like this – we lift heavy weights and doing hanging abs after all!
- Feminine Cues. With clear anatomical differences, it is often forgotten that we have extra considerations when doing Pilates. Feet and knees together make it difficult to breathe. Fluttering our legs together is, shall we say, uncomfortable. I cannot Kegel, I cannot Horseback, I cannot lie on my stomach and press my hips on a long box…I do it…but…
- Toe Socks. This says it all. There are toe socks in every class. No dude is going to take a class where you wear toe socks. Pink, yellow and flowery toe socks are everywhere. Although you don’t have to wear them, you also don’t want to be associated with a form of exercise where toes socks make things “grippy”. We chalk up, strap up and lift heavy objects. We don’t or shouldn’t be wearing toe socks.
I understand there will be a Men’s Pilates class starting in September. I look forward to taking that class, seeing how the class is tailored for us dudes. I think every guy class should have Snake, Planks, Short Spine and Core. I hope you found this blog helpful, insightful and a bit humorous. From the Reformer, have a great day!”
For all those men out there, I can speak for all female instructors in saying that we are aware that anatomical differences exist – we just don’t know how uncomfortable it really is. Is it serious, or is it like when a man gets the flu? (A little overly dramatic). And also, Copper Fit (a masculine brand) makes a great grippy sock that is sans flowers of any sort. Get yourself a pair and join us!
And YES, there is a Pilates for Men class coming soon to Mondays at 6:30am! Stay tuned….
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