How do you convince men that Pilates is for them? Even though Joseph Pilates WAS a man and he created Contrology mostly FOR men, you will not see many men taking Pilates classes in most studios.
The point of this article is not to discus WHY it is happening but rather focus on HOW to attract men to Pilates. I felt that in order to address the question of teaching Pilates to men I had to talk to a man who practices and teaches Pilates.
Today I am interviewing Jared Kaplan, owner of Studio 26. Jared teaches workshops on this subject and works with many men in his New York City studio.
Links mentioned in the interview:
- Studio 26 Website
- Studio 26 Facebook
- Pilates for men Workshop details – June 13th, 2015 2 pm – 3.30 pm at Studio 26, New York City
Here are the questions that we have focused on during our interview:
- Why is it difficult to convince men to try Pilates?
- What are the main benefits/advantages of Pilates for the men? (as compared to more traditional weight training. Cross Fit etc.)
- How does your studio make Pilates appealing to guys?
- Do you use any particular forms of promotion/marketing to attract the male population?
- A lot of Pilates teachers are women. Do you think that guys are less likely to take a session from a woman?
- What are some of the main differences of teaching Pilates to men as opposed to women?
- How can female Pilates teachers connect with the male clients better?
- Generally speaking, what should be the main focus of a Pilates session when working with a guy? (what muscle imbalances are more common, what weaknesses/injuries are more prevalent etc.)
- In your opinion, what is the most challenging Pilates exercise to teach to men?
- How would you personally encourage any guy to give Pilates a try?
Watch the interview and share any feedback/questions in the comments below.
Do you teach Pilates to men?