Pilates

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    Jan 10, 2007 5:04 AM GMT
    Just got back from my first pilates class. I think it was modified to be a bit more intense but after the class I don't think they really need to make it more intense. It was as tough as I expected and maybe more so.

    I'm wanting to gain flexibility so in a month or so I'll notice an improvement. Well that's if I'm able to move tomorrow. We'll see hehe...
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    Jan 10, 2007 5:38 AM GMT
    I love Pilates. So many guys I know give it a bad rap, saying it's only for women. I think they say that because they've never done Pilates before... It's the best core workout I've ever done, totally killer.

    If you ever have a chance to read about the guy who founded it (Joseph Pilates), do it. He developed it initially to treat war victims. Very interesting story.
  • leaozinho

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    Jan 10, 2007 11:11 AM GMT
    I have been doing mat Pilates for over a year now. If you stick with it with regularity, 1x, 2x 3x week, you will see results in your flexibity, definition and core strength. unless you go to a very gay gym, pilates classes are almost always women. there are usually few men in the class.
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    Jan 10, 2007 11:56 AM GMT
    Pilates has been a GREAT addition to my cross-training program for the past year and a half. I began with tepid curiosity, hoping it would help me manage some lower back issues (it DID).

    Stick with it for a few classes... your first couple of sessions will likely seem overly-technical. Some of the terms ("rolling like a ball") sound silly. Once you master the basics you will find it to be a killer core workout. You'll breathe better, you'll correct muscle imbalances you didn't know you had, and you will stand taller too.
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    Jan 10, 2007 1:59 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys. I did exhaust muscles that I'm pretty sure wouldn't have been done in another workout. I was sweating as much as I do with an intense run.

    I do plan to stick with it at least once a week. I can't make the morning classes at my gym but I can make the evening class which at the moment is just once per week. And yeah, there were only 2 of us guys in the class.

    I try to have no ego at the gym so I don't want to let some stupid societal perception of what men can or can't do affect me. I know I need to gain more flexibility and all the benefits that come with that. It's not something I'm going to see or change on my own. I think the only real problem for me to solve is where to stick this into my weekly workout routine.
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    Jan 13, 2007 5:48 AM GMT
    I was looking for a flexibility program and was considering pilates, when my gym started a new progrsm called Body Flow. It combines pilates, yoga, and core training with a GREAT soundtrack! Keep and eye out for it, or check it out; google "body flow" and see what comes up...
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    Jan 13, 2007 10:21 PM GMT
    My gym does that too. I'm guessing we may be members of the same chain of gyms. I haven't tried the flow class yet but I will this coming week.

    I plan to stick with the straight on pilates as well though. Keeps things mixed up and I enjoy that.
  • phill

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    Feb 24, 2007 3:52 AM GMT
    I started doing a home pilates system and it worked great. In 10 days my lower body and lower abdominals were looking great. My only complaint about the system is that i didnt get a very good chest arms upper abdominal workout. Any suggestions as to how to get a total body workout with pilaties?
  • UStriathlete

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    Feb 25, 2007 3:14 AM GMT
    as a pilates instructor...there are many upper torso exercises to do. get a couple of private sessions to learn them.
  • leaozinho

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    Feb 25, 2007 4:59 PM GMT
    where are the sexy gay male pilates instructors like USTriathlete?
    so far I have only had female instructors.
  • jvnyc

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    Feb 25, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    Pilates is awesome! I should know, I teach it! Consistency is key.
  • UStriathlete

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    Feb 26, 2007 4:07 AM GMT
    there should be a ton of male instructors...especially in NYC!
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    Oct 27, 2007 3:46 AM GMT
    I'm starting to adore it, it hurts like hell. But, it's making cardio a lot easier to handle.
  • neon4u

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    Jan 29, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    Pilates is sexy and for men! I take it twice a week. I love the way I feel when I'm finished with the class. I had nagging knee pain and it disappeared after I started taking the class. Go for it man!
  • neon4u

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    Mar 18, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    I just did my Pilates class today. Ohhhh, I worked my abs yesterday (week 6 day 2 of RealJock workout)and also today in the class. I hope I didn't pull anything down there... kinda feels overly stretched.
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    Mar 18, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    i LOVE Pilates!!!!!! Never been able to see an core definition. BUT now that i take pilates i sure ans shit can!
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    Mar 18, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    I'd like to get into Pilates sometime soon. Just looking for a good starting place.
  • neon4u

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    Mar 18, 2008 5:33 PM GMT
    Twincam... just start it. You'll love it... any little aches or pains in the joints will just disappear.
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    Mar 18, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Twincam saidI'd like to get into Pilates sometime soon. Just looking for a good starting place.


    There are A LOT in this city!!!! lifetime Fitness in Dublin actually has reformer machines and such. Lifetime at Easton offers mat fitness pilates classes that are included in the membership.
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    Jun 21, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    I've been doing Pilates for about 6 years now.

    I only go once a week but it's AWESOME for your core stability which has a flow on effect to any other sports you might be doing.

    For me...it's helped in my swimming, rock climbing and gymnastics.

    It's definitely a "women dominated" area but you kinda get over that fact and if you're concentrating on what you're doing...you don't really notice anyone else around you.

    At least, that's how it is from my perspective anyway.
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    Jun 21, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    i LOVE pilates and attribute my abs to it. if you want flexibility though, you're best off doing a yoga class too ;)
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    Aug 08, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    Is it better than yoga?
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    Aug 17, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    If you're a dancer Pilates is a must! It really "centers" you (if you're a dancer you'll know what that means). So much of dance is having an extremely strong core, and pilates does just that. For flexibility, though, I do yoga. Pilates can and does promote flexibility, but yoga just works better for me when it comes to flexibility.
  • neon4u

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    Sep 10, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    Still in the Pilates... doing great. I've just done the Pilates mat... has anyone gone on with the machines?
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    Sep 10, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    The Reformer machines are amazing. You get a completely different workout. You may not feel it in your upper body....but your legs and core will. I thought my legs were strong....but the exercises on the machine told a different story. One of the best workouts I've had. I highly recommend private reformer training if you can afford it.