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The impact of the Pilates method on the management of sports centers and physical condition

Author: Nica Irene Teodora
Degree:doctor of pedagogics
Speciality: 13.00.04 - Theory and Methodology of Physical Education, Sport Training and Physical Culture of Recuperation
Scientific adviser: Anatolie Budevici
doctor, professor, The State University of Physical Education and Sports
Institution: The State University of Physical Education and Sports


The thesis was presented on the 3 December, 2021
Approved by NCAA on the 1 July, 2022


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CZU 615.825:005+796(043.3)

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197 pages


management, Pilates, sports center, body balance, body composition, spine, thigh muscles, abdominal strength


Structure of the thesis: introduction, 3 chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography - 243 sources, 118 pages, 5 annexes, 26 figures, 16 tables. The obtained results were published in 8 scientific articles and presented in 3 scientific conferences.

The purpose of the research is to study the phenomenon of theoretical justification and experimental verification of the effectiveness of the organizational and pedagogical conditions for the physical education of women between 30 and 40 years old through the Pilates method. This method is analyzed from two perspectives, that of the sports center, which aims to increase notoriety and income, and that of the practitioner, mainly interested in the benefits brought on the general state of health. Thus, the research addresses the two elements in an interdisciplinary study, proving based on the research methods used, the positive impact of the Pilates method both on the physical condition of women, but also on the income and clientele of the sports center.

Research objectives:

  1. Study of the management concept within sports centers;
  2. Development of a competence structure model for the sport managers;
  3. Analysis of the impact of the Pilates Method on the management and revenues of sports centers;
  4. Experimental argumentation on the effectiveness of improving the physical condition of women aged between 30 and 40 years through Pilates-specific programs.

The novelty and originality of the research consist in the analysis of a topic not previously addressed by the scientific literature by approaching the concepts of management and Pilates in a study with interdisciplinary elements, proving based on the research methods used, the positive impact of Pilates on the physical condition of women, but also on the income and clientele of the sports center.

The important scientific problem solved lies in the elaboration of the theoretical-practical guide (Pilates exercises), in the selection, organization, theoretical and experimental substantiation of the contents generating personalized strategies for women aged between 30 and 40 years.

Theoretical significance. Particular importance should be given to strengthening and maintaining health as well as the formation of a healthy lifestyle for women between the ages of 30 and 40. The Pilates method can be an effective way to improve a woman's physical condition, being proved the positive impact this can have on developing abdominal strength, balance, body composition, and improving spinal mobility and muscle elasticity. The correct and systematic organization of a woman's physical activity and a healthy lifestyle in this period of age can slow down the regression of the physical and mental state of her body. At the same time, the managerial component of sports centers in the country does not give importance to adapting the offers of sports services to provide women between 30 and 40 years with personalized activities, a lack that can negatively impact the income budget of the organization.

The applicative value of the research is represented by the wide possibilities of application and implementation of the Pilates classes in the management of sports centers, which can contribute both to increase customer satisfaction who will feel the benefits on the physical condition, but also to the development of the organization by increasing turnover and number of customers.

Implementation of scientific results. The results obtained were verified and represent considerable improvements in terms of health and fitness of women in the experiment, determined by the implementation of the four categories of Pilates exercises.