Is pilates really for men? Ask boxing champ, Amir Khan

More and more men are discovering the benefits of pilates. And that includes boxing stars like Amir Khan.

The two-time former world light welterweight boxing champion has added pilates to his training regime ahead of his showdown with Saul "Canelo" Álvarez in Las Vegas.

"This definitely might look easy," Amir Khan told during a pilates session in San Francisco, "but this is very hard. A lot of people might think it's not as physical. I know it's going to work for me and it helps me, so that's why I do it."

In fact, Joe Pilates himself was no stranger to the boxing ring. Before moving to the USA in 1926, Joe owned a boxing gym in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and was a professional boxer in his own right.

Let Pilates Change Your Life!

The best way to get started with pilates is to join a class and learn the basics from a qualified pilates teacher. There are a number of men only pilates classes around the UK, but most pilates classes are open to anyone anyway, with men welcome to join.

Pilates classes are held up and down the country, either in studios equipped with specialist exercise equipment or in village halls and sports centres where mat work often takes precedence. Our Pilates Studio And Class Directory will point you in the right direction. Remember, we accept entries ONLY from fully qualified teachers.

There are also DVDs and books available specifically for men to practice pilates at home. The Pilates Shop stocks hundreds of pilates titles as well as equipment such as mats and pilates bands.