Many of you may not know that I hosted a special male-only class a couple of weeks ago. Speaking candidly, teaching the boys was fun, interesting and a little challenging, but mostly fun. As they are all family, they definitely try things on a bit more, but for the most part, they were respectful.
In general, men who have not practiced Pilates before assume you lay on the floor and stretch. James, my brother-in-law, does Crossfit, Peace, my partner, is a kitesurfer, and John, AKA Dad, is a golfer (and sometimes Pilates student). I am pleased to say that the boys picked up the idea of the class quite quickly. Even though the movements are small, they are definitely not understated. The class was really just a taste of Pilates but I feel like I’ve curbed their idea of Pilates to a more positive one. Read on for our post-class interview.
JM: When you were invited into the class, what was the first thing you thought?
James: “Uh, why am I doing this?”
Peace: “A few days before. I hope she doesn’t hurt me.”
John: “This is going to hurt.”
JM: How did you view Pilates before the class? Did you see it as Manly? Feminine?
James: “I never gave it a good thought. Maybe targeted for old women
Peace: “Neither. I had heard about it from girls and guys before.”
JM: What did you expect the class to look, smell, feel like?
James: “A big open clean space for stretching and shit.”
Peace: “A clean room with strange looking machines. No smell.”
John: “Felt just dandy.”
What surprised you the most?
James: “The actual burn in my muscles.”
Peace: “How hard it was to isolate certain muscles correctly.”
John: “How much it hurt.”
JM: Did anything funny happen while you were in the class?
James: “I couldn’t quite master the jump on the surfboard. And Johns moans and groans.”
Peace: “A lot of lost balance, which requires concentration, which is pretty hard when laughing.”
John: “Rutty and Peace.”
JM: Did you experience any “why did I sign up for this” moments?
James: “No actually enjoyed it.”
Peace: “Yes, about 9 years ago…”
John: “No way I was too busy trying not to think of how bad I was hurting.”
JM: How did you feel post-class? Were you euphoric? Sore?
James: “I felt pretty good. Nice and limber.”
Peace: “Energised, not sore, but feeling a little burn.”
John: It hurt.
JM: What would be your best advice for men looking into Pilates?
James: “Get involved.”
Peace: “If you are getting repeat injuries doing the thing/s you love. Definitely give pilates a shot.”
John: Come with a heap of pain killers!
JM: Did you feel competitive with the other men in the class?
James: “Not at all. I was clearly the athlete in the class.”
Peace: “Not really, Jo is the least competitive person in the world, not allowed. Plus we do different things a lot of the time.”
John: “No other way round.”
JM: Finally, Would you do it again?
James: “ Yes, For sure.”
Peace: “Do I have a choice?”