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

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Side Bend with Shari

Shari Berkowitz

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Building the Side Bend (PORTUGUESE)

Miguel Silva

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Side Bends for Better Twists

Sandy Shimoda