The Pilatesology Encyclopedia

Side Kicks Front Back


Goals & Benefits

  • Strengthens the legs, seat, and hips.
  • Strengthens and stabilizes the torso.
  • Builds flexibility and range of motion in the hip and stretches hamstrings.
  • Encourages fluid motion in the hips joint while stabilizing the torso.

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.
  • Start with a range of motion that can be controlled and increase as strength increases.
  • Keep the working leg in line with the hip. Don’t let gravity pull the working leg down in front or let it lift to the back.

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