Marked Effects of Pilates on the Abdominal Muscles: A Longitudinal Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 07/24/2012
Dorado C et al. – The present study reveals the existence of asymmetries in the muscles of the abdominal wall in nonactive healthy women. Pilates practice twice a week for 9 months elicits hypertrophy of the abdominal wall muscles, particularly of the rectus abdominis (RA), and eliminates preexisting asymmetries of the OT. Modern Pilates can be recommended as an effective method to reinforce the muscles of the abdominal wall and to compensate preexisting asymmetric developments.