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ERIC Number: EJ870251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Eight-Week Traditional Mat Pilates Training-Program Effects on Adult Fitness Characteristics
Rogers, Kate; Gibson, Ann L.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v80 n3 p569-574 Sep 2009
We investigated responses of adult, novice practitioners (n = 9) to an 8-week traditional mat Pilates program (P) that met 1 hr/day three times/week. Classes consisted primarily of beginner and intermediate level exercises. Compared to an active control group (C; n = 13) that showed no improvements, those in P significantly (p less than 0.05) improved relative body fat (-1.2%BF), sit-and-reach (+7.5 cm), shoulder reach (+6.9 cm), curl-up (+14 reps), and low back extension (+7 reps) scores, as well as circumferences at the waist (-2.7 cm), chest (-1.7 cm), and arm (-0.5 cm). Baseline differences were noted only for curl-ups and low back extensions, with P being lower than C. Body composition, muscular endurance, and flexibility significantly improved after 8 weeks of traditional mat Pilates. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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