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Pilates (Read 1767 times)

    I've been thinking about joining a new gym (Crunch Fitness) and before doing so, I tried all of their classes and went at various times to see what hours were the most crowded. One of the classes I took was Pilates...I was the only guy in the class. The rest of the class was professional dancers and two days latter my muscles are still sore! Has anyone else tried pilates?
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      I've been thinking about joining a new gym (Crunch Fitness) and before doing so, I tried all of their classes and went at various times to see what hours were the most crowded. One of the classes I took was Pilates...I was the only guy in the class. The rest of the class was professional dancers and two days latter my muscles are still sore! Has anyone else tried pilates?
      No, but you've certainly got me thinking about it....


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        I took Pilates for about 6 months. I loved it. I wish the gym I go to now offered classes that fit my schedule. My flexibility increased tremendously and having a strong core is never a bad thing for a runner. It's really good stuff. I still do a lot of the exercises I learned in those classes. FWIW, I was one of the only guys in my class as well.
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          I've been doing Pilates three times a week for the past year and a half. As expected it really helped to increase my core strength. A nice surpise is that it also increased my flexibility. Some of the moves really stretch your legs and hips. I notice that if I stop Pilates for a period of time the tightness in my legs comes back. I am mostly self taught through a few videos and books I found. I have been meaning to take classes but have not gotten around to it yet.
            I went to my second pilates class last Wednesday. The first class was quite easy but I felt it was good core exercise. I thought, hey that was easy, it's probably because I'm already fit and it's a beginner level class. At the second class we had a substitute teacher which probably didn't know it was a "beginner" level. It was a much harder workout and it was hard completing some of the exercises. My abs were sore for three days! During the class I also noticed how stiff I was. I definitely need to stretch more often. I'm definitely going again! - R
              Pilates is excellent cross-training for runners. I have been doing one Pilates class a week for 3 years off and on. We have a guy in our class who is in his mid 60s. Pilates started out as a rehabilitation program for men who were injured in the war. It is not so much about flexibility as yoga is, but more about having a very strong core - which means all the muscles you can't really see/feel, but are important for posture and running. I notice it the most in my back - I sit very straight. When you first start, you might notice it more in your stomach muscles. I would highly recommend it. Start with a course so that you can have some feedback on how you are doing. The breathing is different from yoga as well. Then you can go off on your own with DVDs if you like. Ruth

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                I did pilates for months, but I never really liked it... I've found just a variety of different crunches have made my abs stronger and better looking than pilates ever did. Maybe I was doing it wrong lol? I dunno... Everybody seems to love it.
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                  My local YMCA offers a drop-in Pilates class which I've attended a couple of times. Like the O.P., I was the only male in the group. I was a little sore the next day, but I thinks that's just because I was not used to it.


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                    I'm dealing with stress fractures in my shins right now. I am convinced that the root cause is lack of flexibility. I tried doing some yoga last night and do I ever need work on flexibility. My wife has a pilates CD and I am going to give that a try. But if yoga focuses more on flexibility I am leaning in that direction.

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                      I'm dealing with stress fractures in my shins right now. I am convinced that the root cause is lack of flexibility. I tried doing some yoga last night and do I ever need work on flexibility. My wife has a pilates CD and I am going to give that a try. But if yoga focuses more on flexibility I am leaning in that direction.
                      Yoga is the best for flexibility, but you must be very careful not to overstretch when doing Yoga. I did overstretch and the YOGA ended up causing me a injury --- or rather my doing yoga incorrectly and pushing too hard.....

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                      Prince of Fatness

                        Yoga is the best for flexibility, but you must be very careful not to overstretch when doing Yoga. I did overstretch and the YOGA ended up causing me a injury --- or rather my doing yoga incorrectly and pushing too hard.....
                        Yeah, I had heard that you want to ease into it and I plan on being careful. Thanks. I am going to treat it just like running ... slow and steady buildup.

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