The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

Side Bend


Goals & Benefits

  • A beautiful side bend to open the spine and chest.
  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms, wrists and inner thighs.
  • Strengthens the side abdominals.
  • Creates balance and control.

Tips & Cues

  • Keep the shoulders, especially the weight bearing shoulder away from the ear.
  • Keep the chest open by making sure the upper arm doesn’t fall forward.
  • Control the weight of the body returning to the ground.
  • Press up from the floor with your body and inner thighs so that your weight doesn’t sink into your wrist.

See our experts teach Side Bend


Side Bend with Shari

Shari Berkowitz


Building the Side Bend (PORTUGUESE)

Miguel Silva


Side Bends for Better Twists

Sandy Shimoda