Effects of Pilates Training on Lumbo-Pelvic Stability and Flexibility


Aatit Paungmali , *

How to Cite: Paungmali A. Effects of Pilates Training on Lumbo-Pelvic Stability and Flexibility, Asian J Sports Med. Online ahead of Print ; 2(1):34822. doi: 10.5812/asjsm.34822.


Asian Journal of Sports Medicine: 2 (1); 16-22
Published Online: February 28, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 24, 2010
Accepted: December 11, 2010




Purpose: This study was performed to assess and compare the effects of Pilates exercise on flexibility and lumbo-pelvic movement control between the Pilates training and control groups.

Methods: A randomized single-blinded controlled design was utilized in the study. Forty healthy male and female volunteers (mean age 31.656.21 years) were randomly divided into Pilates-based training (20 subjects) and the control groups (20 subjects). The Pilates group attended 45-minute training sessions, 2 times per week, for a period of 8 weeks. Flexibility and lumbo-pelvic stability tests were determined as outcome measures using a standard sit and reach test and pressure biofeedback respectively at 0, 4 and 8 weeks of the study.

Results: The results showed that the Pilates training group improved flexibility significantly (P<0.001) during time intervals. This effect was also significantly greater than the control group for both 4 weeks and 8 weeks of the training period (P<0.001). There were 65% and 85% of the subjects from Pilates group passing the lumbo-pelvic stability test at 4 and 8 weeks of training periods respectively. No subjects from the control group passed the test at any stages.

Conclusions: Pilates can be used as an adjunctive exercise program to improve flexibility, enhance control-mobility of trunk and pelvic segments. It may also prevent and attenuate the predisposition to axial musculoskeletal injury.


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