PILATES: A Corrective System of Exercise

Shedden, Mariana M.S.; Kravitz, Len Ph.D.

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000288535.31493.cc
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To understand the guiding exercise science principles and supportive research of Pilates program design.

The pillars that support the popularity of Pilates include enhancement of muscle control, achievement of postural stabilization, and an increase in overall muscular strength, flexibility, and endurance. Learn about them all in this applied research review of the known physiological benefits of Pilates exercise training.

Mariana Shedden, M.S., is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Mexico and a PMA Gold Certified Pilates Teacher. She is the director and owner of Shedden Pilates in Albuquerque, NM. Her current research interests include Pilates, physical fitness, and performance.

Len Kravitz, Ph.D., is the coordinator of Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico. His research interests include energy metabolism, exercise product evaluation, and exercise program measurement and assessment.

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