A comparative analysis of the electrical activity of the abdominal muscles during traditional and Pilates-based exercises under two conditions

Mariana Felipe Silva, Mônica A. C. Silva, Renata Rosa Campos, Fernanda Q. R. C. Mostagi, Ana Paula R. G. Cardoso, Taufik Abrão, Jefferson Rosa Cardoso


The use of Pilates-based exercises for trunk strengthening has been reported in the literature. The objective of this study was to analyze and compare the electrical activity of the rectus abdominis and external oblique muscles during a traditional abdominal exercise program and an exercise program based on the Pilates method using a ball and an elastic band. The sample was composed of 10 healthy women, non-practitioners of Pilates, who performed the traditional abdominal exercise and roll-up with the ball and elastic band. The sign was normalized by the electromyographic peak of the dynamics activity and was adjusted for 2000 samples/s; the filter was set in a frequency band from 20 to 450 Hz. In the comparison between exercises, the external oblique muscle in the concentric phase had a higher recruitment in the roll-up with the ball (P =0.042). In the comparison between muscles in each exercise, the rectus abdominis showed a higher activation in the concentric phase (P = 0.009) and in the eccentric phase (P = 0.05) of the traditional abdominal exercise. Activation percentages ranged from 15% to 22%. The traditional abdominal exercise had the largest activation percentage.


Abdominal muscles; Electromyography; Exercise; Physical therapy; Eletromiografia; Exercício; Fisioterapia; Músculos abdominais

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2013v15n3p296

The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.