5 Reason Men Should Do Pilates
1. Develop often neglected muscle groups. Some of your muscles, like those that dominate your daily movements, are stronger than others, and a big part of Pilates is focusing on those muscles that don’t typically get a lot of attention. Pilates is similar to MAT Training in that you consciously move in certain ways to build muscles that you don’t hit while lifting.
2. Improve flexibility. In general, the more muscle mass you have, the less flexible you are. But Pilates’ focus on stretching helps prevent injuries and muscle strains, and increases range of motion.
3. Build core strength. Every Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to power movement in your limbs. Pilates also hits your transverse abdominals, the base ab muscle under your six-pack.
4. Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to pay attention—you’ve got to focus on your breath while working through each movement and concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session, you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed, which can even carry over into the next day if you’re lucky.
5. Have better sex. Pilates strengthens the core and the pelvic floor, and men who practice it have greater control of this region of the body–need we say more?
Winters in New York City can drag for months giving me the blues. This season an early snowfall November 18 led to the city almost shutting down. “ This could mean the start of a long winter “, I said. In any event, I had a determination to do something about it. The first thing I did was to set a goal that challenges that prevailing rationale. It’s generally true in my case that cold and snow redirects me to be more indoorsy rather than venturing outdoors. I was looking for a new fresh workout that would engage my entire body during a one hour workout while enhancing mental awareness. To do this, I needed a trainer and a exciting place that offers small classes in Classical Pilates. And as I was walking around my neighborhood in the upper west side, I passed Nexa Pilates studio on Columbus Avenue. I went inside to say hello. My first impression was that it’s small enough to get personal attention and a place to meet the locals. I was welcomed with a 15 minute session with Anna who the studio's master trainer. She recommended an early tower class at 7am as my next lesson. From day one, I knew it would be challenging as I come from a running background and my strength is stored mostly in my legs. Anna guided me starting with the the basics so I could understand the fundamentals of Pilates and it's effect on the body. I twisted and bent in positions that were uncomfortable at first but my muscles warmed up after 20 minutes on the Tower. Set up and pumping my arms in the 100’s exercise had me feeling the heat going through my abs immediately. That warmed-up, whole body workout feeling continued throughout the hour. When the class ended, the group had a chat about the different ways that Pilates made them feel strong and flexible within different exercises. Hearing the feedback from other people in the class encouraged me to come back for more training. Just before I put my jacket on to brave the record cold, I realized Nexa Pilates tower class had given me more confidence that my core was stable enough to brave those slushy, icy sidewalks.
One of the main things Pilates achieves is creating length and space between joints and spinal discs. This allows nerves to flow freely without blockage or pain. Pilates does this by training the most interfacial layer of abdominals know as your TVA ( transverse abdominis). The TVA wraps around your organs and attaches to the spine. Building strength in these muscles creates a support system for your spinal discs and therefore alleviates the pressure placed on them. When TVA abdominals are weak , discs compress because they have no support and in turn place pressure on nerves that innervate the spine. This causes pain. Calll, email or click here for more information about how Pilates training can help you become pain free.
Yesterday, NeXa Pilates opened its studio to local neighbors of the upper west side. Over 100 guests joined them for their first #LOVEYOURBODY celebration, just in time for Valentine’s. Both Pilates newcomers and seasoned students, local businesses and neighbors, mingled and learned about the benefits of 4’S: Strength, Stability, Stretch and Stamina. Classically trained instructors helped curious newbie’s get familiar with the elegant studio and featured equipment such as the towers and reformers. The studio is set up as a complete system with all the classical Pilates equipment that Joe himself invented, the teachers and the space accommodate students from all walks of life and all skill levels. Guests also got a special treat from our partners Precision Aethetics - a free Emsculpt. The Emsculpt is an electromagnetic treatment that builds muscle and reduces fat while you lay there, wow.
“Working out in a local boutique Pilates studio allows you to get one - on - one attention from your instructors and then share your own inspiration story about how Pilates makes a difference in your life”, said Jackie, who was one of the winners of the Hamilton ticket raffle. Congratulations to the other winners, Jane, David and Louise. As the spring season approaches, NeXa plans to get more locally involved supporting local business and sharing ideas of “#LOVEYOURBODY through platforms like Instagram. Regardless of your physical attributes, believe in finding your true beauty, break the rules if you have too, and start a journey of hard work to believe in yourself. Do you love your body ? Show us and tag us at #NexaPilatesandFitness.