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2/2016
vol. 17
 
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Effects of an eleven-week pilates exercise program on progressive-speed walking capacity in sedentary young women: a pilot study

Alan Queiroz Rodrigues
1
,
Fábio Mendonça Martins
1
,
Alexandre Carvalho Barbosa
2
,
Pedro Scheidt Figueiredo
1
,
Márcia Oliveira Lima
1
,
Edgar Ramos Vieira
3

1.
Department of Physical Therapy, Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys, Diamantina, Brazil
2.
Department of Physical Therapy, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Governador Valadares, Brazil
3.
Department of Physical Therapy, Florida International University, Miami, USA
2016, vol. 17 (2), 102– 106
Online publish date: 2019/08/06
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Purpose
To assess the effects of an 11-week Pilates exercise program on the functional capacity of young sedentary women.

Methods
Ten subjects underwent the shuttle walking test. A portable metabolic system was used during the shuttle walking test to measure the maximum heart rate and VO2 max. The heart rate recovery and the predicted maximal heart rate were also assessed.

Results
The findings showed increased walking distance, maximum heart rate and heart rate recovery after completing the protocol. The peak of VO2 was not significantly different but showed a tendency to increase, being significantly correlated with the covered distance.

Conclusions
The current results suggest that Pilates exercises significantly improve walking functional capacity.

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heart rate, functional capacity, peak of VO2, recovery

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