Director of Advanced Education, Anthony Lett sat down for an interview with BASI senior faculty member, Brandon Gamble regarding his upcoming workshop, Pilates for Men and those who teach men. Check it out!
ANTHONY: Thanks for joining me to chat about your workshop titled “Pilates for Men and those who teach men.” I love the title of the workshop because it recognizes two important considerations. One, that teaching men is different, and two, that men have physical differences that may affect their work and possibly different ways of learning too. Can you give me a brief list of what subjects are covered?
- The differences between men and women physically and mentally.
- The initial approach; what men are looking for, what men expect, what me see, and what men need.
- And what exercises can we add to a man’s session and or how can we modify what we know to improve our male client’s workout.
ANTHONY: As a studio owner, I recognize that Pilates can be difficult for men for various reasons. I offer men’s only classes for this reason. Men are sensitive souls, and we don’t like to look foolish (that happens enough outside of the studio!). What would you list as some of the difficulties, and how do you overcome them in the course?
- I always try to put more neutral stuff around the studio so men that walk in don’t see a woman’s world (magazines, posters, etc.)
- I always approach the men in my courses to say hello and welcome them right away.
- I don’t find many difficulties with men in the course. Most men love to be there and learn and the female students love having them there to work with and get a better understanding of how men move.
ANTHONY: I recall reading in Pilates Style that around 90% of studio clients are women. As well as men not being exposed to the benefits of Pilates, we are missing out on revenue too. Do you cover any marketing ideas in the course, for studio owners?
BRANDON: Yes, I talk a lot about hitting the golf course and telling the gals to mention to men that Pilates can improve flexibility in men to improve they’re golf score. MEN WILL COME!
ANTHONY: Do you find there are gender differences in learning the work? My experience is that men need to be given less instruction initially. They seem to need to explore gross movements first before the subtlety of the work can be explained and attempted. Has that been your experience? How does that effect your style of teaching e.g. cueing, and exercise selection?
BRANDON: Yes, absolutely! Men need to be moved and worked out without technique in the beginning. Also, men do not communicate very well. It’s like pulling teeth to get any feedback out of them.
ANTHONY: What would be some of the take home messages from the workshop
BRANDON: Learn how to move men and work with their body type. Learn the differences between men and women; body, posture, attitude, clothing. What men see, what men are looking for, and what men expect in the Pilates world. Modifications and assists in repertoire for men.
ANTHONY: Finally, as you know, my specialty is in stiffness. Let me clarify- I mean the absence of flexibility! It seems that men are usually less flexible than women and this affects their ability to perform some of the exercises. My explanation for this stiffness is that men are the more sensitive gender, and we embody or somaticize our vast emotional repertoire more!! I’m sure you agree?
BRANDON: I’m not sure about that on my friend J, I feel men are simple creatures and women are complex. We think and move with a singular and simple approach. Women think and move with much more thought, integrity, and understanding. If they don’t understand, they want to. If men and women keep this in mind when training the process become much more profound and enjoyable.
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