The Effects of Long-term Pilates Training on Selective Physiological Indexes in Overweight Females
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Paper ID : 1885-11THCONF
1Student PhD in Exercise Physiology
3Assistant Professor in Exercise Physiology
Introduction: “Pilates” is one of the brand new training methods which have been much noticed mainly in the recent decades. The main objective of this study was to show the effects of long-term Pilates exercises on selective Physiological Indexes in overweight Females.
Methodology: The case-studies were forty untrained females, between the age of 35 to 55 who voluntarily enrolled in a Pilates class. The case-studies were randomly divided into two similar groups of control and experimental ones. The experimental group took part in Pilates classes for a period of twelve weeks, three one-hour sessions a week .The control group did not do any particular exercises and continued the former process as before the study .variables such as Body weight, body mass index, fat percent, WHR, flexibility, aerobic power, non-aerobic power and systolic and diastolic blood pressure in resting time were all measured before and after the study. In order to do data-analysis, SPSS software was used and to measure the differences between independent variables covariance test was conducted.
Results: Results showed that a long-term Pilates trainings have significant effects on some indexes such as body weight, “BF’WHR’BMI”, muscular endurance, muscular power, flexibility and non-aerobic power (p<0.05) while it does not have any serious effect on other indexes like aerobic power and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (p>0.05)
Discussion: The results of present study proved that doing Pilates exercises three sessions a week for twelve weeks lead to weight loss, “BF’WHR’BMI”; moreover, it improves muscular endurance ,muscular power ,flexibility and non-aerobic power. Contrary it has nothing to do with aerobic power, systolic and diastolic blood pressure.