Pilates for Men? Ex-England football captain Steven Gerrard says yes!

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Pilates for Men? Ex-England football captain Steven Gerrard says yes!

I have not written a post about Pilates and men for a while (to read my previous articles please search for “men” using the search bar on the left), so I was very happy to read this weekend that Steven Gerrard, the current Liverpool Football Club Captain and until recently England Captain does Pilates regularly to keep himself in shape.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I do everything I can to promote Pilates for men because as we all know, there are still not enough men doing Pilates regularly. There is of course no good reason why this is the case, so anything that might encourage men to take up Pilates is in my opinion worth writing about and worth sharing. A top footballer is therefore a good subject to write about and to tell clients about.

I have people come to Barcelona from all over the world for my Barcelona Bienestar fitness and sports holidays, and a good proportion of these are men who want to improve their performance, so the word is getting out there.

At 34, Gerrard is considered to be a veteran footballer and even now doubts are being raised as to how many more seasons he might have at the highest level. He explains that having the correct fitness routine is ‘key’ to him being able to perform each week.

“If I am playing Saturday to Saturday, managing my workload during the week is key. When I’m training off the pitch I normally do three weight sessions each day to improve my upper-body strength and one working on my lower body to improve leg strength. I also do two core or Pilates sessions to increase my flexibility. On the pitch I train for an hour and a half each day. That includes drills, ball-work, cardio and a lot of running.”

Once again a varied training routine that includes Pilates is the best solution.

Chris is an international Pilates and functional training presenter and educator based in London and Barcelona, Spain. He is the creator of Pilates EVO©, bodyFUNC©, and CEO of Pilates Rehab Limited and Sport Core Strength.  He also created Pilates Carnival and Fitness Carnival, conventions where all profits go to local children’s charities. He organises fitness holidays and sports holidays in Barcelona, as well as retreats. For more information about training with Chris in Barcelona, please click on Barcelona Bienestar. To learn more about Chris, please read Just who is Chris Hunt anyway? You can also subscribe by completing the form on the this BLOG to receive articles and special offers straight to your inbox.

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5 thoughts on “Pilates for Men? Ex-England football captain Steven Gerrard says yes!”

  1. Interesting that key footballers are cottoning on. I’ve taught for 16 years and it was only 4 years ago when I started a specific Pilates for men class that they came and stayed. Admittedly, their wives sent them initially…. But hey.. They came. Some have now dared to join my mixed classes (full of women). I love seeing the stress of a desk job/ driving etc melt away in the time we spend. Men need this like oxygen. And as for those tight hamstrings and hip flexors?? Well… Could stretch those for a week. In fact having just attended kit laughlin’s stretch therapy weekend we probably will be! Ease in the body is the goal. Love my work.

    1. Hi Lindsay, thanks for taking the time to comment and I apologise for not replying sooner. In my experience there is a good arguement that men need Pilates more than woemn do! And despite the fact that a man created our beloved system and in the early days many men (including acrobats and prisoners of war) did Pilates it is very strange that it becamse “something for girls”!But you and i are fighting back! 🙂 Let’s keep up the good work! And let’s keep in touch.

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