Dave Beckhman is determined to show Three Lions boss Fabio Capello he is fit enough for next year’s World Cup in South Africa, and play on for years afterward.

Becks was introduced to Pilates  wile on loan at AC Milan. The Italian giants insist all their players take up Pilates as it helps with balance and suppleness.  The fitness regime has reduced Becks’ body fat from 13.7 per cent to a super-toned 8.5 per cent.

He said: “I do an hour of Pilates a day. The medical set-up at Milan is fantastic and fitness-wise I am the best I have been for a long time. The England star,  says he is in his best shape in years due to an hour-long daily routine.

“He might get a bit of stick from the England lads as Pilates is seen as a bit of a girlie fitness fad,  — butTiger-woods-Pilates Beckman and a growing number of  professional and Olympic male athletes do not care what the critics say.  What they are finding in Pilates are the results they need to play long, strong and injury free.

Men are rediscovering the benefits of Pilates and their ranks include: Tiger Woods the best golfer the world has ever seen,  Colby Bryant 2009 NBA World Champion MVP and captain of the LA Lakers,  Boxer  Andre Ward Olympic Gold Medalist with the fastest hands in the sport, baseballs Curt Schilling World Champion and Six-Time All-Star  and dancing sensation Mikhail Baryshnikov to name a few.

It may surprise you that Pilates was originally created for men and that Joseph Pilates was an all-american kind of  guy.  He liked boxing, whiskey, women, and Cuban cigars.

Pilates Enhanced Performance of 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre WardHe was a professional boxer and lost his eye in a boxing match.   Later he pursued professional skiing, gymnastics, diving and was a sought after personal trainer.  He worked with boxers, martial artists, police officers and was recruited to train the German military.

Unhappy with the political climate in Germany her refused and in 1926 he chose to relocate to the United States to peruse his dream and created a revolutionary method of total body conditioning that united the body mind and spirit.  His method has stood the test of time for over 80 years and has enabled some of the best athletes in the world to be the best they could be.Curt Schilling

In the 60’s he stated “I am fifty years ahead of my time,”  He was right. Today, (thanks to Ken Endelman of Balanced Body Inc. who risked his own money to  battle in supreme court to get the trademark overturned and Romana Kryzanowska who carried on his work at his original studio)  millions of people around the world  are being introduced to the amazing benefits of Pilates.

Australian Pilates Buff Professional Rugby Player Kees MeeuwsNow one of the oldest forms of training is  the hottest fitness trend in the world with numbers  growing exponentially all over the globe for one reason…it flat out works not only to enhance performance but to also prevent and rehab injuries.

Their are critics who say Pilates is for wimps.  What that means is they are ignorant, have not tried it yet or have not found a real Pilates professional.


“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

Engage your core like never before.  Find a real pilates teacher today and discover the benefit of this amazing mind body workout.

written by PalmBeach