Pilates for Men

There is a common misconception that Pilates is only for women. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Joseph Pilates was a man after all.

Joe was a circus performer and a boxer, he trained military personnel, he smoked cigars, drank whiskey and he spent most of his life teaching in his underpants Pilates for Men(!)  He taught many dancers, athletes, performers and the general public from his studio in New York from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Football players, rugby players, golfers, climbers and tennis pros use Pilates to recover from injury and strengthen their game. The GAA recommend Pilates to their players and many Olympians use Pilates as a key part of their cross training programs too.
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Getting to know…Steph Grey

This is the next in our series of Getting to Know Your Instructor. Meet Steph owner and founder of Live & Breathe Pilates, anatomy nerd, eternal student and cheese addict.

When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?Steph Full Hang

Loads of things, it changed month to month – vet, journalist, geographer, cartographer, TV chef, astronaut.

What inspired you to become a Pilates teacher?

I really needed a change. I felt I had to get out of the IT world, but had no idea what I wanted to do. So I did a course on changing careers. It made me think about what my skills were and what I enjoyed, and Pilates was high on the that list. I had been taking Pilates classes since 1999 so I booked myself onto a teacher training course later that year. I wanted to learn about the Method more than anything else at the time but as part of the course we had to teach and it was then I realised I loved instructing and helping others get strong and/or recover from injury. Fast forward 17 years (!?!?) and here we are. The studio is now open 4 1/2 years and we have the most amazing team of instructors and I’m blown away daily by our fantastic clients and their progress.

What’s your favourite thing about teaching?

Helping people out of pain. Helping people move again after injury. Helping people feel the joy of movement in their bodies. Teaching people about their bodies and how they can move with ease. Having fun with movement. Those “Aha” moments clients get when they feel the power of Pilates. Seeing clients getting stronger and stronger.

And physically being the in studio – I just love the space we have created in Camden Row. I am slightly biased though 🙂 Ooops, that’s multiple things. I do get a bit carried away as I’m pretty passionate about what I do!
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