Pilates may improve muscle endurance, flexibility, balance, and posture. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Pilates for improvement of muscle endurance, flexibility, balance, and posture.
J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Mar;24(3):661-7. PMID: 20145572
Department of Health and Exercise Science, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, USA. [email protected]
Many claims have been made about the effectiveness of Pilates exercise on the basic parameters of fitness. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of Pilates exercise on abdominal endurance, hamstring flexibility, upper-body muscular endurance, posture, and balance. Fifty subjects were recruited to participate in a 12-week Pilates class, which met for 1 hour 2 times per week. Subjects were randomly assigned to either the experimental (n = 25) or control group (n = 25). Subjects performed the essential (basic) mat routine consisting of approximately 25 separate exercises focusing on muscular endurance and flexibility of the abdomen, low back, and hips each class session. At the end of the 12-week period, a 1-way analysis of covariance showed a significant level of improvement (p