Rob, San Francisco

“Pilates for men? I didn’t really know what to expect when I entered Maiden Lane Studios. All I knew was that I wanted to improve my weightlifting in the gym – squat depth, core strength, balance, flexibility, etc. I started going on weekends and was immediately impressed by the structure and intensity of each class. I was using muscles I didn’t normally work in the gym, or in my day-to-day routine. Immediately I was hooked, and after 4 classes I signed up for the monthly membership which I highly recommend. Maiden Lane Studios is perfectly suited for athletes. The instructors are knowledgeable and they will make you work hard to become a better athlete.
“I love the early bird special! It’s $99 a month which is a total steal if you get up early and go more than 3 times a week. And you’ll want to go. These people are experts in yoga, Pilates and barre. They will push you hard every class, but you’ll look forward to it because the classes are well structured and there’s a new challenge every week.
“Yoga and Pilates were not a big part of my life before Maiden Lane Studios. Now I know I’ll be doing them the rest of my life. If you want to be more of an athlete, flexibility, balance, core strength and concentration are all essential. Maiden Lanes will help you to build and fortify them. I felt the results the same week and saw them in another three. Planks were easier. Running was easier. My breathing was more controlled. My entire body was more defined. Yoga has not only helped me become a better rounded athlete, but I truly believe it has shaped how I think about things differently. I look forward to every class, and when I get out I take a deep breath and feel ready to tackle the day.”

Pilates First with Lebron James

What many people don’t know is that Pilates was created by a cigar smoking, whiskey drinking boxer, acrobat, and gymnast named Joseph Pilates, who created the Pilates exercise program for men first.

5 Very Good Reasons for Men to do Pilates

Stars from all major sports, including basketball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, etc. have chosen Pilates for helping them either develop or maintain their core strength and flexibility – key components to staying at the top of their game.

Even Hollywood has jumped on the Pilates program. Story has it that Daniel Craig utilized the benefits of Pilates and yoga in his preparation for his role in the Bond movie Quantum of Solace. Our private Pilates program will help you prepare for your next Bond adventure, or for anything else that life throws at you.

“The Professional Golf Association describes Pilates and golf as a “perfect match,” and claims that Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam practice the method to improve their games and prevent injuries.” – Livestrong

According to Men’s Fitness magazine, there at least 5 reasons that men should incorporate Pilates into their lives:

Pilates exercises are made up of subtle, concentrated movements that can help you do the following:

1. Develop sometimes neglected muscle groups. Some muscles, such as many that dominate your daily movements, are stronger than others. A big part of Pilates is focusing in on those muscles that don’t typically get a lot of attention. Pilates is similar in ways to MAT training in that you move in certain ways to build muscles that you don’t hit while lifting.

2. Increase flexibility. Generally, the more muscle-mass you have, the less flexible you may be. But Pilates focuses on stretching that helps prevent injuries and muscle strains, helping increase your range of motion.

3. Build your core strength. Each Pilates exercise focuses on using your core to deliver movement into your limbs. Pilates also uses your transverse abdominals, the base ab muscle under your six-pack.

4. Live more consciously. Pilates forces you to focus – you’ve got to pay attention to your breath while working through each movement and concentrating on proper form. After a Pilates session you’ll feel refreshed and relaxed, which may even carry over into the next day.

5. Have better sex. Pilates strengthens the core and the pelvic floor, and men who practice it have greater control of this region of the body–need we say more?

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