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24 weeks of Pilates-aerobic and educative training to improve body fat mass in elderly Serbian women

Authors Rutjes AW, Di Nisio M

Received 6 February 2014

Accepted for publication 8 February 2014

Published 28 April 2014 Volume 2014:9 Pages 741—742


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Anne WS Rutjes,1 Marcello Di Nisio2,3

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland; 2Department of Medical, Oral, and Biotechnological Sciences, University G D'Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy; 3Department of Vascular Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

We read with interest the article by Ruiz-Montero et al, in which the authors used a before-and-after study design to examine changes in body composition (fat mass and lean body mass) related to an aerobic-Pilates program in elderly Serbian women.1 The authors concluded that "a combined program of aerobic and Pilates, carried out under the supervision of an instructor, at least twice a week, produces health benefits in functionally independent women over the age of 60". This conclusion is overly optimistic and not supported by the evidence provided.

View original paper by Ruiz-Montero and colleagues.

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