Why you should try MEN ON MATS

By Krista Harris | 9 May 2023
3 Minute Read

Let’s talk about why you should try our new MEN ON MATS class! I know what you’re thinking: “Yoga, Pilates and flexibility? Those are for women.” But hear me out, because it’s time to debunk that myth, we have created a class especially for men to improve their flexibility and mobility…

First off, let’s talk about why mobility is so important. As we age, our balance and coordination decrease. Mobility training can help to strengthen the muscles responsible for maintaining proper body alignment and stability during physical activities, thus improving your balance and coordination.

Mobility training can also be an effective way to manage chronic pain. By gently stretching and moving the affected joints and muscles, you can reduce stiffness and discomfort. Plus, it can improve your power, speed, and agility, leading to better athletic performance.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. It’s true that generally speaking, men are not as flexible as women. But that’s all the more reason to prioritize mobility training. Being mobile allows us to lead an active and independent lifestyle, which is vital for maintaining mental and physical health.

Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight, which puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. In other words, stretching is essential for injury prevention and maintaining overall health.

So, what’s the difference between mobility and flexibility? Mobility is our ability to move freely and easily without stress on the body, while flexibility is the stretching and lengthening of our muscles. Mobility training includes a range of exercises designed to increase your range-of-motion, control muscles surrounding each joint, and help you move more actively. Flexibility, on the other hand, helps your body move through a full range of movements without causing injury, stiffness, and pain.

Now, the million-dollar question: is it ever too late to start mobility training? The answer is no! Your mobility is always something you can improve, and it’s never too late to start. You might feel a little less stiff after one or two sessions, but the key is to be consistent with your mobility training. Over time, you should see an increase in your range of motion and perhaps an improvement in your performance in other activities.

So, how do you get started with mobility training? Men on Mats is an excellent option for improving your mobility, by combining practices from yoga and Pilates. Yoga is a really accessible and gentle way to improve your mobility by working on your flexibility and strength, while Pilates helps mobility by training your body to move correctly. Mobility drills are also a great option to prepare your joints for a workout.

Don’t neglect this important area of fitness, whether you are just starting out or you are an athlete. It’s easy to overlook, especially with a busy schedule, but if you make a point to include a mobility workout, your body will thank you. Put aside your misconceptions and give Men on Mats a try. Your body will thank you!

Men on Mats is available as a class membership or pay-as-you-go, so even if you don’t feel like committing right away, you can give the class a try!

This class is also available as part of our Kickstart package if you are really looking to Kickstart your weight loss and fitness journey with an intensive 30-day programme with guaranteed results. Our coaches will meet you where you are at, and help you progress to where you want to be, so that you can achieve your best result possible.

 

 

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