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ACE Study Evaluates Benefits of Pilates

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Exclusive ACE study examines cardiovascular benefits of Pilates

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Check out the group fitness schedule at most health clubs and it's clear that Pilates is still one of the hottest trends in fitness. But is Pilates also a good calorie-burning workout? In an exclusive study, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), America's nonprofit fitness advocate, examined the calorie expenditure of an average Pilates Workout.

Lead researchers Stefanie Spilde and John Porcari, Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, recruited 15 healthy women, ages 18 to 26, with at least an intermediate level of Pilates experience. Each subject participated in two 50-minute Pilates mat-training sessions (one beginner, one advanced), following a videotaped routine for consistency.

Each subject first followed a beginner mat Pilates routine, which consisted of five minutes of breath-linked alignment exercises, followed by 40 minutes of basic Pilates exercises that followed the original Method of sequencing. The session ended with five minutes of stretching and realignment. The advanced routine was similar to the beginner routine except that it utilized advanced techniques of positioning and pacing for each exercise. During each session, heart rates and oxygen consumption were measured and recorded, and subjects rated their perceived effort using the 6