Side Leg Circles & Rotations
– #pilates4life2020: #27 of 31 exercises
What’s it good for?
🌟 It might be easier to ask what it’s not good for! Lying on your side gives a very narrow base of support and the moving leg carries a lot of momentum. This makes the muscles of the front, side and back all work in a coordinated fashion to stabilise the body. Use the body as a stable platform whilst the leg moves freely!
🌟 Helps develop lumbo-pelvic stability
Increases hip flexor control and stability
🌟 Muscle focus: abdominals,back extensors, hamstrings & hip flexors
A Quick Guide to Side Leg Circles & Rotations
💡 Press your head into your hands and your hands into your head to get shoulder activation and stability.
💡 Draw in your abdominals and squeeze your butt to help stabilise your pelvis.
💡 Start with small movements and get bigger over time.
💡 Prioritise external rotation over internal rotation – for most people at least!
Joe Pilates on Balanced Body development
💬 “Pilates does not err by over-developing a few muscles at the expense of all others” — Joe Pilates