Pilates was invented by a man, is often taught by men, so why aren't men taking it up in droves?
This isn't a complex riddle with a trick answer, it's a legitimate question and there really is no logical reason, because pilates is just as worthy as any other form of exercise.
One of the biggest myths around pilates is that since it doesn't involve as much running around as other sports and activities, it's not as hard, or it doesn't generate results as quickly.It is often mistaken for yoga, which is more about relaxation and alignment and originates in India, whereas pilates is all about core strength, toning and flexibility and originated in Germany.
Some men have already cottoned on to the activity, especially as a good alternative to the usual routine of crunches.
The emphasis on a part-by-part approach to fitness and development is even more suitable for men who do gym workouts in the same manner, with the famous 'leg day' phrase just one indicator of that.
Pilates offers core strength, balance and flexibility, which are all important aspects of a workout in itself, but become even more useful in day to day life and other fitness activities, as these basic strengths cross over into almost every part of a person's physicality. There are also different levels of difficulty, so at no point will a pilates workout ever become easy.
Furthermore, there are no downward facing dogs or sun salutations or twisty pretzel-like poses in pilates, so men concerned about what their mates might say needn't be worried about how they'll look during the workout.
Instead, they'll get to enjoy how they look after one.