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Fancy yourself as a bit of a silver sneaker! Then you’ve come to the right place. Strictly speaking, you don’t need sneakers to enjoy Reformer Pilates. A pair of grippy socks will do! If you’re of a certain age and still keen to keep active. Or perhaps you have been told by a professional that you need to do more exercise? Then Pilates is an excellent starting point. 

Two sessions of Pilates a week is enough for you to notice significant improvements.

Here at our state of the art reformer studios in Essex, we love welcoming new clients through the doors. No matter what age or level of ability.  

Our qualified instructors are especially good at looking after our senior clients. Instilling confidence, as well as reclaiming the flexibility you thought was just a long lost memory! 

You’ll rediscover your toes, reconnect to your core and make some new friends along the way. 

One look at the founding father of this increasingly popular activity for the over 65’s should be all the coaxing you, or an elderly loved one need, to try out a Reformer class.

Joseph Pilates was practising well into his 80’s. His strong abs, muscular legs and superb definition speak volumes about why we positively invite all seniors to give Pilates a go. Just remember to listen to your body and allow Pilates to work with you, not against you. 

Our bodies show up differently every day. That’s no different whether we’re 25, 45, or 65.

Pilates For Seniors

Pilates for Seniors

As with our younger practitioners, you are going to derive so many benefits. Pilates helps with balance and stability, maintains flexibility and muscle tone and can help fight against issues like osteoporosis and back pain. 

The beauty of Pilates is that all the exercises can be modified. There is always regression and progression. You can start slow, on a lower spring in a seated position. Then, as your confidence and strength build, increase the repetitions, add on more weight and move up to a kneeling position. Within a few months of regularly practising Pilates, you will be staggered by just what your mind and your body have been able to achieve. The results are wonderful. It’s like having a new lease of life. 

While we don’t hold Senior specific Pilates classes currently at CONTOUR Pilates, we do have several Beginner’s lessons on the timetable. They provide an excellent introduction. Click HERE to view the schedule. We also offer one-to-one sessions with our instructors. These can be a fantastic way of trying out a class in privacy. Building up your confidence before you join a small group class. A private lesson will provide an excellent foundation to learn the basics.

Pilates For Seniors

Special Considerations for Seniors Starting Pilates

The same rules apply no matter what age you are. You must communicate any physical limitations or on-going injuries or conditions with your instructor before the class begins. That way exercises can be safely modified.  

For Seniors returning to exercise after an illness, injury, or just a significant gap in time, it’s also advisable to check with your healthcare advisor or professional first. 

Issues that you might find you are struggling with, such as balance, flexibility, endurance and strength, can all absolutely be tackled and improved with regular Reformer Pilates classes. Your instructor will keep a watchful eye on you to ensure that you’re not overexerting yourself.

As many of the exercises in Pilates are performed either seated or lying down, there’s less risk of falling over than there would be with other forms of exercise. 

Osteoporosis and Pilates

A weakening of the structure of the bones is a common occurrence with both men and women over the age of 65. The chances of osteoporosis increase, bone density is weakened and there’s a higher propensity towards broken bones. 

The gentle yet effective weight-bearing nature of Pilates is excellent when it comes to preventing osteoporosis. For those of you who might already be suffering from this bone disease, all is not lost. While you might not be able to do some of the forward flexion or spine twisting techniques, your qualified Pilates instructor will be able to suggest plenty of alternatives so that you can enjoy a full workout. 

Arthritis and Pilates

People suffering from joint issues and complaints such as arthritis will also hugely benefit from Reformer Pilates. With awareness and focus, you can work on increasing your mobility. Pay attention to your body and don’t do anything that feels too stressful. Only you know if something is not quite right. You’ve nobody to compete against, so respect your body and especially your spine. There’s absolutely no pushing through the pain at Pilates. Slow down, ask for modifications and work slower and in a smaller range.

Just a few repetitions done slowly and with precision in Pilates will bring significant gains.

If you’re intrigued about Pilates and want to try out this incredible workout in a safe and professional, friendly environment, then drop us a line today and we’ll help you get booked (and hooked) on Pilates. 

You’re never too old and it’s never too late. 

So if you’re a Senior who’s looking to stay flexible, reduce general aches and pains and still enjoy being sociable, we would love to greet you at CONTOUR Pilates. It could truly transform your overall well being and fitness.

For the uneducated men (and women) out there, a misconception exists that Pilates is some form of yoga-based contortion. That it’s practised only by women only. Perhaps very occasionally used as a rehabilitative and restorative recovery treatment for sportsmen but not a “real” sport. 

If you are a man reading this post, or you have one sitting at home currently watching the TV who you’re trying to encourage to give Pilates a go, we’re about to put all that nonsense to bed. In fact, we challenge you/him right now to come to one of our Reformer Pilates studios here in Essex. Why not try out our state of the art machines for yourself?

As they say, “come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough!”

Real Men Do Pilates!

More and more weight trainers are turning to this system. Simply put, it’s a proven way to increase not only flexibility but also muscle power. It’s the ideal way to stem that middle-aged spread and fight the flab.

The Only Question Is: Are You Man Enough To Give It A Go?

Muscular man performing exercises on the Pilates reformer at the gym.

Pilates Was Developed By A Man.

Developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, he originally named it Contrology. The method was all about gaining control of the muscles. It’s also long been the preferred training vehicle of elite professional athletes for over half a century and an adjunct to their specialised training. The Pilates method works equally as well for men as it does for women. For both sexes it helps by increasing strength and flexibility as well as working on that core control. 

Many a man’s nemeses is his midriff. We can promise you this, after a few sessions on the Reformer your flabby tummy will be replaced by tauter muscle and that trim waistline. That will be complemented by a strong back, stable core and more muscular arms. In Pilates, we work the entire body. We also use hand weights in many of your classes, as well as your own body weight. That means there is always plenty of progression and regression when the going gets a little too tough.

Man performing pilates teaser exercise on a reformer bed in a gym to strengthen the abdominal muscles and hip flexor in a health and fitness concept

Why Do We Recommend Pilates For Men?

For anyone who enjoys weightlifting, the integrative component of Pilates will certainly be beneficial . Pilates encourages not only efficient but also uniform development of all the body but in particular the core. Using the powerhouse to stabilise the trunk and protect the back. Whereas weight lifting demands a more “part by part” approach to developing muscle. The emphasis on full-body fitness and strength makes Pilates an excellent foundation for a range of other sports, including cross-training, golf, tennis, rowing, football, cricket and rugby. 

Pilates works towards flexibility in a functional and more accessible way than say, for example, yoga or gymnastics. You’ll increase your flexibility and range of motion naturally, almost without even realising it’s happening. 

  • Pilates complements other workouts
  • Pilates helps improve overall sports performance
  • Pilates develops and fosters increased confidence
  • Pilates can significantly improve focus and concentration. 
Man exercising on pilates reformer bed

Top Tips For Men Who Are New To Pilates

1. Take a class

The best way to learn is to come to a Pilates class taught by a professional Instructor. At Contour Pilates we offer a range of classes to suit all ages and abilities. Our friendly and competent instructors will be on hand to put you through your paces. OK, so you might currently be outnumbered by women but we promise, they don’t bite! For now, you might have to deal with being the minority gender but on the plus side, think about all that female attention you’ll enjoy!

2. Don’t be afraid to give it a go

Just remember that the Pilates method was initially developed on a man’s body and is generally founded around regular, healthy principles of movements. You’ve nothing to be afraid of. Sure, your hips and hamstrings might be slightly tighter than those of the 25 year old female lying on the Reformer bed next to you. However, she’ll be so busy focusing on her own leg circles that trust us, she’ll never notice your thighs quivering! Everything in Pilates can be modified and adjusted, allowing you to stretch into the postures gradually. There’s no “go big or go home” mentality in Pilates. It’s all about mindful practice. Which brings us nicely onto our next point.

3. Pilates is a mind/body activity

You could choose to hammer out that pent up stress and energy on a boxing bag, or you could jump on the Reformer and challenge yourself to a different spring setup. Sometimes less is more. So if you’re in the mood for raising the bar, then go light when you’re planking and feel the burn. You will soon forget about what’s happening at work as you focus on your breath, working deeper into your stabilising muscles. Igniting your powerhouse like never before. The mind-body connection is strong in Pilates as you develop core strength alongside coordination through concentration and breath control. 

Male Celebrities And Athletes Who Swear By Pilates.

Pilates plays a pivotal part in helping to improve the overall performance of some of the worlds top recognised athletes. We have it on good authority that the following male athletes and celebrities are firm fans of Joseph Pilates Contrology technique. 

  • Tiger Woods
  • Andy Murray
  • David Beckham
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lebron James
  • Amir Khan
  • The England Cricket Team

David Beckham was initially introduced to Pilates while playing on loan at AC Milan and had this to say about it:

“I do an hour of Pilates a day. It is fantastic and fitness-wise I am the best I have been for a long time.”

So there you have it. Real men DO and SHOULD practise Pilates.

We look forward to welcoming you through the doors at Contour Pilates and taking one of our plank challenges! Click HERE to discover all the latest offers.

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