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5/29/12 9:43 A

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Very interesting, Dan. Glad for the history lesson. I'd enjoy seeing some male Pilates instructors leading a group. I'd be even more interested if the guy were over 50.

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5/22/12 6:51 P

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Daughter says, YES. Mr. Pilates was a guy. Men don't do it because they think it's a girly thing, but it's not. Good for the body. One of the best forms of exercise. Very health conscious. It does not strain on the joints. Often used for rehab.

Started as exercise for bedridden patients in hospitals. Less people died in his ward when they did these exercises.

Germany's Hitler wanted him to train the German army with these techniques. Pilates did not want to help Hitler, so he came to the US and worked here.

Works muscles to maximum potential with least reps.

Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels!


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5/22/12 9:04 A

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And I never say "cannot", I always go with "I currently struggle with" because you can do anything you set your mind to. and I mean anything.


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well I have never looked into it but I have been doing yoga for a long time, so maybe start with yoga, I know it seems easy but it is a work out, trust me. and there are lots of beginner yoga dvd's out there, and as you progress, so can your yoga


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PIANO_DAN's Photo PIANO_DAN Posts: 585
5/22/12 8:01 A

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Let me ask my daughters. Seriously. They are dancers and have studied Pilates extensively. They would know. They considered becoming Pilates certified instructors, but postponed those plans.

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Any time I check out a Pilates class, they are 100% women. I've heard of professional athletes (NHL, NFL...) incorporating Pilates into their workout regimens.

Have any of you guys over 250lbs on the rounder side tried this? I've tried to look around for Beginner dvd's and such, but am having a hard time trying to find one realistic for me. I've come across one or two of them, but after watching 5 minutes I'm like HELL NO, there's no way I can do that! Have heard there are easier ways into it, but haven't seen any.

Have also noticed that women seem to be more able to dive-in to Pilates, so maybe we're at a disadvantage from the get-go? Is there a Pilates for Men beginner workout?

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