I came across a great little study completed by the Physical Education Department, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain – “Marked Effects of Pilates on the Abdominal Muscles“.
The conclusion of the study was that ” Pilates practice twice a week for 9 months elicits hypertrophy of the abdominal wall muscles, particularly of the RA, and eliminates preexisting asymmetries of the OT. Modern Pilates can be recommended as an effective method to reinforce the muscles of the abdominal wall and to compensate preexisting asymmetric developments.”
Or, in simpler terms – practicing Pilates can strengthen the abdominal muscles, as well as eliminate any muscular imbalances in the abdominal muscles. As someone who practices and teaches Pilates, I already know that! But its always nice to see scientific results.