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Pre-Pilates: Maintain Alignment – Side Leg Lowers



Foundations: “Maintain Alignment”

Quick Intro: Side Leg Lowers

The Side Leg Lift is a Foundations exercise that while simple to perform, reveals so many things we can work on in this and other exercises: imbalances of strength and range of motion, lumbopelvic stabilization and shoulder stability.  It’s also a great stepping stone from “Pelvic Pushes” to maintain the start position for other more demanding exercises such as the Side Kick (here) and  Side Bicycle!

What’s it good for?

🌟 Finding front and back alignment for side-lying exercises: see below.
🌟 Learning to use the butt and shoulders to achieve stability during side lying exercises.



A quick “how to”…

Side Lying Leg Lowers

🌟 Get into the starting position.  See Pelvic Pushes (here).
🌟 The ideal alignment in this exercise is a straight line with a slight flexion at the hip.  Both your abdominals and your spinals need to be active to maintain your position and natural spinal curvature and not bend forwards.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Hints & Tips:

🌟 Imagine a long line of energy reaching from the top of the head through your trunk, legs and feet.
🌟 Rather than the leg lift, focus on the leg closing to get the glutes and inner and outer thighs active and connected 🙂

Any Questions?

Ask away – I love to help!  Click here for the Contact Page 🙂 – or leave a comment at the bottom of the post – see you there…


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