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Hypoxic Pilates Intervention for Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Department of Physical Education, Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, Korea
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Physical Activity and Performance Institute (PAPI), Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, Korea
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Department of Sports Medicine and Science, Graduate School, Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7186; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197186
Received: 11 September 2020 / Revised: 28 September 2020 / Accepted: 29 September 2020 / Published: 30 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hypoxia and Exercise: Effects on Health and Performance)
This study examined the effect of Pilates training under hypoxia, a novel treatment method, for obesity. Thirty-two Korean women with obesity (age: 34–60 (47.5 ± 7.5) years) were randomly assigned to control (CON; n = 10), normoxic Pilates training (NPTG; n = 10), and hypoxic Pilates training groups (HPTG; n = 12). The NPTG and HPTG performed 50 min of Pilates training using a tubing band for 12 weeks (3 days/week) in their respective environmental conditions (NPTG: normoxic condition, inspired oxygen fraction (FiO2) = 20.9%; HPTG: moderate hypoxic condition, FiO2 = 14.5%). The CON maintained their daily lifestyle without intervention. All subjects underwent body composition, blood pressure, arterial stiffness, vascular endothelial function, cardiometabolic biomarker, hemorheological function, and aerobic performance measurements before and after the intervention. The HPTG showed a significant improvement in diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, flow-mediated dilation, and erythrocyte deformability and aggregation (all p < 0.05) compared with the CON and NPTG. However, compared with the CON and NPTG, the HPTG did not show improvement in other parameters. Hypoxic Pilates intervention is a novel and successful method for promoting endothelial and hemorheological functions in women with obesity. View Full-Text
Keywords: hypoxia; Pilates intervention; vascular endothelial function; hemorheological function; obesity hypoxia; Pilates intervention; vascular endothelial function; hemorheological function; obesity
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Jung, K.; Kim, J.; Park, H.-Y.; Jung, W.-S.; Lim, K. Hypoxic Pilates Intervention for Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7186. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197186

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Jung K, Kim J, Park H-Y, Jung W-S, Lim K. Hypoxic Pilates Intervention for Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7186. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197186

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Jung, Kyounghwa, Jisu Kim, Hun-Young Park, Won-Sang Jung, and Kiwon Lim. 2020. "Hypoxic Pilates Intervention for Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 19: 7186. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17197186

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