Sylvia Roberts doing Pilates in a sunlit barn.
Sylvia Roberts

5 benefits of Pilates for both men and women

Sylvia Roberts

There are two types of people: People who think Pilates is easy, and people who have actually done Pilates. For years women have been embracing Pilates as a training method to improve their core strength and address some of the realities of a post-pregnancy body.

However, recently Pilates has been recognized more widely as offering benefits to both men and women of all ages and from all backgrounds. From bricklayers to basketballers, new mothers to muscle-bound gym junkies, Pilates exercises have something to offer everyone.

Just ask Hollywood stuntman and former gymnast Bobby Holland Hanton. Bobby joined Pilates expert Sylvia Roberts for a few sessions on the mat as part of Centr Align, a 4-week dynamic yoga, and Pilates program from Chris Hemsworth’s team.

“It’s almost like a building block,” Bobby says of Pilates. “Weights, plyo, cardio, it doesn't matter what you do, if you introduce Pilates to your routine, you set yourself up for success.”

Regardless of who you are or what your current exercise program looks like, incorporating Pilates into your exercise schedule can offer health and fitness benefits to you, especially in conjunction with a variety of other workout styles in Chris Hemsworth’s Centr app.

These are the big five benefits of Pilates – for men and women:

1. Improve your strength, flexibility and balance

– Done correctly, Pilates can challenge your muscles in ways that other exercise doesn’t. Using your glutes and abdominal muscles to maintain perfect posture while moving through a full range of motion is hard enough to challenge the most seasoned athlete! Additionally, people who might be strong in one position can be weak in others. By systematically taking people through different postures, Pilates will find your weak spots and bring them up to standard.

Complete focus on controlled movement makes for an intense strength workout.

2. Build more efficient movement patterns

Practicing movement in a way that is in alignment with body mechanics translates to a reduced injury risk when playing sports, performing other exercises, or completing day-to-day tasks like carrying shopping or uncooperative children.

3. Reduce stress

In the modern world, there isn’t often opportunity to take a breath and focus inward. Pilates forces you to do exactly that. Breathing is incorporated into each exercise as a way to facilitate muscular relaxation or activation. Additionally, performing each exercise correctly requires your full attention, which means you can’t be checking your emails or scrolling social media at the same time!

4. Reduces back pain

Back pain is one of the most commonly reported types of pain among adults. By strengthening the muscles that support the spine, improving posture and reducing stress, Pilates can effectively reduce back pain in many people.

5. Improve the way your body looks and feels

It’s common knowledge that the glutes are the biggest muscles in the body, but for many people they are underactive. Pilates teaches people to fire these muscles up, enabling them to burn more energy in each and every workout and accelerate their fat-burning goals. Also, by promoting good posture, Pilates enables people to project confidence, and confidence is attractive.

Hard work in Pilates means high standards of movement quality. Pilates should be a regular fixture in your routine if you want great training today, and for the decades to come. Try a Pilates workout on Centr today with a 7-day free trial.

Sylvia Roberts

As a professional ballet dancer, Sylvia relied on Pilates to maintain her body. Now she’s an accredited Pilates teacher, Level 4 member of Pilates Alliance Australasia and co-founder of Vie Pilates on the Gold Coast. Renowned for bringing the burn, Sylvia’s Pilates workouts boost mobility and strengthen mind-body connection to help you take your fitness to the next level.

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