Cris Carter, NFL Hall of Famer and Club Pilates member, loves that Club Pilates has helped him improve his flexibility, lose weight, and treat lingering injuries from his playing career — and he believes it could help current players to be stronger, more flexible, and last longer.
NFL players — and men in general — should stop sidelining Pilates as a women's workout if they want to improve their endurance and reduce their injury risk, according to one Hall-of-Famer.
Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter started doing Pilates with Club Pilates before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but wished he'd found out about it earlier.
He says it has helped him improve his flexibility, lose weight, and treat lingering injuries from his playing career — and he believes it could help current players to be stronger, more flexible, and last longer.
"My wife got me involved right before the pandemic," Carter told Insider. "After I got through my first 50 or so workouts I could really start to see I was really enjoying it, and through the pandemic that was really the only safe place to go and work out. So I fell in love with it, I've taken close to 250 classes over the last two years."
Pilates has traditionally been associated with women's fitness — the most recent data by the Pilates Method Alliance found that 96% of Pilates clients were female — and Carter says men are missing a valuable trick.
"I wish more men would get involved with it," he said. "I believe it's a hidden gem that a lot of football players have not discovered. Whatever they think about pilates and whatever they think about the platform, pilates is completely different."