Morphological Characteristics and Anthropometric Profile of Women who Practice Reformer Pilates and Traditional Mat Pilates

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Raquel Vaquero-Cristóbal; Fernando Alacid; Francisco Esparza-Ros; José María Muyor & Pedro Ángel López-Miñarro


The aim of this study was to describe and compare the kinanthropometric characteristics, somatotype and proportionality between women who perform reformer Pilates and traditional mat Pilates. Seventy-nine women, 39 who practice reformer Pilates (age: 45.10±8.32 years; years of practice: 1.84±0.73 years) and 40 who do mat Pilates (age: 42.60±7.83 years; years of practice: 1.65±0.96 years), were assessed using a battery of 41 anthropometric dimensions. Somatotypes, Phantom Z-scores and body composition with the strategy of five components of Kerr were calculated. Both groups showed similar values of anthropometric dimensions, phantom Z-scores, values of body composition and mean somatotypes. Somatotype was best described as meso-endomorph in both groups. In conclusion, both groups showed similar values in all anthropometric dimensions, proportional values, body composition and somatotype.

KEY WORDS: Anthropometry; Physical exercise; Pilates.

How to cite this article

VAQUERO-CRISTÓBAL, R.; ALACID, F.; ESPARZA-ROS, F.; MUYOR J. M. & LÓPEZ-MIÑARRO, P. A. Morphological characteristics and anthropometric profile of women who practice reformer Pilates and traditional mat Pilates. Int. J. Morphol., 32(2):695-702, 2014