The effectiveness of Pilates training in healthy adults: An appraisal of the research literature

Lisa Marie Bernardo Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., H.F.I.

The purpose of this review was to (1) critically appraise published research on Pilates in healthy adults and (2) propose future research options for this method in healthy adults. An extensive literature search was conducted, using Pilates as the search word and a total of 277 articles were found. Thirty-nine articles and abstracts were published in refereed, professional journals, of which there were only three clinical trials in healthy adults. The author concludes that there is cautious support for the effectiveness of Pilates in improving flexibility, abdominal and lumbo-pelvic stability and muscular activity, primarily due to a lack of sound research methodology surrounding each study. Utilizing a true experimental design and stating the Pilates method utilized can strengthen and improve future Pilates research in healthy adults.

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 11, Issue 2, April 2007, Pages 106-110

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