Core Sport Challenge Proves Pilates is Not Just for Women – this is what happened.
“We have this software that looks at statistical evidence of everything that happens in the studio, like what time the clients are coming in,” White said. “And I know that typically out East in New York City, the male population in the studio is somewhere around 50 percent and here it’s more around 35 to 40 percent. So I wanted to put something out there that would show visually and give proof why Pilates is beneficial.”
Many of White’s female clients tell her that their husbands or boyfriends would like to come in, but they think it’s all women inside the studio.
“I just basically wanted to get more men into the studio because it benefits them,” White said. “Most of them are tight, most of them sit at desks all day, have bad posture, lower back pain and injuries from sports when they were younger. So Pilates for them makes such a huge difference in their body and their way of life after doing it.”
White came up with an idea for a 60/30 Challenge. She then used Facebook and email to contact all of her clients (mostly women) asking for two men who would be interested in participating in 30 free Pilates classes over a 60 day time period. She received 15 replies from men willing to give it a try.
The challenge lasted through November and December of last year.
29 year old hockey player Rob Innis lost 25 pounds and 2 inches in his waist.
“It was harder than I thought,” Innis said. “A lot of it was the stigmatism of Pilates; it’s always been kind of a girl workout with a lot of stretching. I had done yoga before, so I knew that was hard, but not extremely difficult. This was a lot harder to do. I’ve never sweated as much in a workout and been as sore after a workout that I can remember.”
62 year old Bill Csatari lost 10 pounds and went down one belt notch.
“I had the impression of the old get in the gym and pump some weights, the old way of working out. Pilates is just the opposite. You don’t use any weight but your own weight. That was one thing I had a hard time figuring out. You’re stretching and turning and it was really challenging. I was srprised. I didn’t think it would be that hard. But for the hour, she works you. I’m a believer now.”
Congratulations to Jaime and the men!