The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

Goals & Benefits

  • Strengthens the legs, seat, and hips.
  • Strengthens and stabilizes the torso.
  • Builds flexibility and range of motion in the hip.
  • Balances strength in the leg and hip muscles.  Especially important for people who don’t do lateral movements such as runners.

Tips & Cues

  • Keep the upper body still throughout the exercises.
  • Keep the upper hip stacked on top of the lower hip and don’t roll back.
  • Try to make the circle truly a circle- half in front of the stable leg, half in back.
  • Always control the weight of the leg.

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