Maybe, maybe not— whether or not you can sculpt abs à la Channing Tatum or J Lo is determined by your DNA. But a group of Turkish researchers aimed to measure the method’s effectiveness by examining the rectus abdominis, aka the sixpack muscles.
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In the study, published in the journal MOJ Yoga and Physical Therapy, 40 healthy women—of similar age, BMI and marital status—who had never done Pilates before were divided into two groups: one did 45 minutes of matwork three times a week supervised by a Peak Pilates teacher, while a second group abstained from exercising.
After eight weeks, researchers measured the subjects’ rectus abdominis and internal oblique thickness using ultrasound technology, and found a significant increase both during contraction and at rest; in other words, the exercisers got stronger. Not surprisingly, they also discovered that the Pilates group had better balance and stability, compared to when they first hit the mat.—A.A.
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