The Men of Pilates

The Men of Pilates


Ladies AND gentlemen…

It’s no secret that Pilates classes are often dominated by women, with a few men here and there. But, guys, why is that? Do you think Pilates is just an easy stretchfest that couldn’t possibly work out your big, manly muscles? Well, I respond to that with a dare: I dare you to come to ABC Pilates and try a class, and you tell me if you still feel the same way once that hour is up.

Pilates is a hard workout, but it’s not painful. It’s low impact, but it’s not low difficulty. If you have knee or back issues from your high school/collegiate-athlete glory days, Pilates is a great workout to keep you feeling fit and strong without aggravating those old injuries. Seriously guys, why do you think so many professional football players, soccer players, and many other athletes practice Pilates?

Whether you’re a gym rat or an out-of-shape couch potato, trust me guys, you can benefit greatly from a Pilates practice. The truth is that Pilates was created by a man (Joseph Pilates) for men. The benefits, such as increased flexibility, strengthening of deep muscles, etc.—were acknowledged way back then in the 1920’s, and they’re just as true to this day.

Why More Men Should Practice Pilates

  • Pilates helps with flexibility. Most male bodies are super tight and stiff. By improving your flexibility, you’ll feel more relaxed, your posture (and the pain that comes with poor posture) will improve, and you’ll be less prone to getting injured while doing the other active things you love to do.
  • Pilates makes you STRONG. Pilates helps strengthen those small, intricate, supporting muscles just as much as those larger muscles. This creates an overall stronger man, and often you won’t get those types of results from just hitting the local gym.
  • Pilates connects you to your body. When I’m teaching a different type of workout, such as TRX, I can always point out the male student who has done Pilates before compared to those who haven’t. Those who’ve never done Pilates may be strong, but they’re missing that core “Pilates awareness” that can propel a workout to a higher level. Plus, they’re usually the shaky, sweaty, whiney ones 🙂

What do you think, fellas? Jury still out? Okay fine, how about this closing argument:

Men that do Pilates are HOT! HOT! HOT!

Yes, guy in the back, we see those biceps, too.

Joseph Pilates, the original Man of Pilates!

“I can lift 500 pounds, but in a Pilates session, there’s always some different type of motion that’s hard for me to do. That’s what is so great about it.” – Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett

“Pilates has become a fundamental source I use in everything I do, on the field and off.” – Colorado Rockies Pitcher Matt Belisle (Photo Source: Pilates Center of Austin)

So, LISTEN UP MEN OF THE WORLD! Don’t let your misconceptions about Pilates keep you from an awesome workout. I challenge you to be brave and come try a Pilates reformer, tower or TRX class. It’s perfect for men of all fitness levels, ages and sizes! You can even do private sessions if you’re a little shy at first. Grab a bro and head on down, because if it’s good enough for Kobe Bryant, it’s good enough for you, too.

Oh, and ladies, if you want to see a few HOT men of Pilates, you can come hop in a class with the men of ABC Pilates anytime 😉



To your health
ABC Pilates Studio Manager & Instructor





I joined ABC looking for a yoga studio but found pilates was more of my speed. This is not just a place to exercise but an environment where friends come together to get fit, healthy, and happy.
I love the instructors who take good care of everyone. I always get the best encouragement possible! I also like the small class sizes for anything from yoga and pilates to Zumba and TRX.
Thanks, ABC Fitness Studio, for making being healthy fun!
— Candice D.
When my wife convinced me to try ABC Fitness, little did I know it would become an almost daily fixture in my life.
I enjoy multiple classes weekly and each is very special in approach to strength, balance, core, flexibility, and overall fitness. Feeling better and stronger physically leads to more enjoyment in all activities.
I feel stronger and fitter and look forward to continuing to rely on ABC Fitness as an integral part of my life.
— John T.
I’ve been doing pilates for almost 3 years now, and I feel stronger and have improved functionally in my daily activities
I was recommended by my physical therapist when I was a patient with many joint problems. My PT thought Pilates would help me, and it did!
I feel stronger, and have a better tone, range of motion, and a stronger core. I can get up from a low sofa with less effort now as my core plus legs are stronger; I owe all these improvements to Pilates. My teacher is patient and kind, always helpful — thank you!
— Surinder B.
ABC has a great variety of group classes, which allows me to take multiple classes and challenge my body in different ways. It keeps the workouts fun and interesting. It helps me reduce stress and keeps me strong!
— Natalie M.
I certainly enjoyed the Pilates session with Charlotte — it provides some pain relief, increased flexibility, and makes me want to be more active.
— Joni
I have been with ABC for about 7 years, and its biggest benefit has to be no more lower back pain and much more flexibility. Love it here!
— Mike P.
I love ABC Fitness!!! Over the years, I’ve worked out at many places, but this is the first one I absolutely love — so much so that I usually come 7 days a week! What is so special are the small classes that mean lots of individual attention, the extraordinarily knowledgeable instructors, and the nice variety of classes. It has been a huge benefit to my well-being.
— Linda T.
My balance has definitely improved, and I feel stronger. The ABC classes are wonderful! Zumba has always been a joy. Great to dance, dance, dance!
— Brenda
ABC has helped me heal from knee surgery. The classes and teachers are amazing! It is a very welcoming and friendly studio.
— Helene C.



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