Did you think that Pilates were for women only?
Well, think again.
According to a recent article published in the magazine Club Industry, golfers Phil Mickelson and Camilo Villegas say that Pilates helped improve their swing.
Several NFL players have used Pilates to improve their flexibility and help them recover from injury more quickly, and soccer star David Beckham says it gives him the core strength he needs to, well, bend it like Beckham.
Even though Pilates does seem to attract more women than men, it was originally designed by a man for men.
Joseph Pilates developed the regimen during a career that included stints as a boxing coach, martial artist and athletic trainer.
More and more professional athletes are turning to Pilates to develop core strength and flexibility.
A good Pilates' workout program can also help develop strength, balance and power by conditioning the entire body and focusing on the core.
Athletes who train using Pilates have reported improved performance and fewer injuries.
Fortunately for Thomson, our Family Y offers classes in Pilates using the new equipment, the Pilates Reformers.
Thomson is the only Y association with these machines. Classes using the Pilates Reformers are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 until 9 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 until 11 a.m.
Participants enjoy an environment with soft lighting and find the atmosphere very relaxing.
Chirsty Brown is a retired educator and class instructor at the Family Y, 510 W. Hill St., in Thomson.