Pilates for busy people

Single Leg Kicks #pilates4life2020 #18 of 31

Single Leg Kicks

– #pilates4life2020: #18 of 31 exercises

 

Just like all the exercises that we do while lying face down, this is excellent for people who spend a lot of time sitting! It helps with shoulder strengthening, and pulling the shoulders away from our ears. ⁠

What’s it good for? ⁠

👉🏽 Develops hip extensor power & control (glutes and hamstrings)⁠
👉🏽 Strengthens the mid & upper back extensors.⁠
👉🏽 Improves trunk stabilization.⁠
👉🏽 Stretches the hip flexors and quads.⁠

A Quick Guide to Single Leg Kicks

💡 As with all back bending exercises (spinal extension), activate your abdominals by reaching your tailbone towards your heels – that is, maintain your pubic bone tilting up towards your breastbone.⁠
💡 Reach your leg towards the back wall..⁠
💡 Keep the rest of your body totally still whilst you kick your legs!⁠
💡 Your body position should be like a Sphinx!⁠

 

Joe Pilates on …

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💬 Joe Pilates on concentration; “concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you d them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value. (…) Contrology exercises build a sturdy body and sound mind fitted to perform every daily task with ease and perfection as well as to provide tremendous reserves of energy as well as to provide tremendous reserve energy for sports, recreation (and) emergencies.”⁠
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💬 …To explain exercise, Joe Pilates liked to quote Schiller: ‘lt is the mind itself which builds the body’.⁠
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