More men doing Pilates in Lancashire

Filed under: Pilates News — Cathy on February 4, 2011

An increasing number of men are now doing Pilates, according to a builder who gave up his job to become a Pilates instructor.

Paul Barber, of Marton, Blackpool, said goodbye to his construction job and hello to a fitness studio, and now instructs classes to local residents, including a surprising number of men.

Paul, 34, estimates that at least half of the people who attend his classes are men. He said:

“When I first got into Pilates seven years ago, it was because of my partner Angelina, who taught it.

“She kept asking me to come to the classes – I thought it was a bit girlie. Eventually, I went along.”

He qualified as a personal trainer, and went on to become an instructor in Pilates.

Pilates has become an increasingly used method for elite sportsmen to stay on top of their game. With the recent record-breaking deals made for football players in the January Transfer window, such as the £35m paid by Liverpool for Andy Carroll and £50m forked out by Chelsea for striker Fernando Torres, the fitness of a top-flight sports star can make or break the fortunes of a club.

Quality Pilates instructors understand the benefits it can bring to people who enjoy sports at any level, helping to prevent injuries in the first instance but also being used for injury rehabilitation. Helping to improve sports performance, whilst reducing the risk of injury, Pilates helps a body to align itself correctly, use all its muscles and really improve both balance and posture.

Whatever sport you enjoy, there will be a Pilates class available in Pilates classes in Lancashire pilates classes Lancashire, including Pilates classes in Preston pilates classes Preston and Pilates classes in Burnley pilates classes Burnley, to help you improve your performance.

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