Hiya lovely lady ? Today’s 10 minute workout is inspired by the Pilates side kick series, and it’s going to tone your toosh in no time. Are you ready?
While I love a good squat and lunge workout (Exhibit A) my all time favorite leg exercises are inspired by Pilates, yoga and dance. There’s something so satisfying about shaping a superb backside without having to break a huge sweat!
The Pilates side kick series not only burns your buns, it also tones your tummy, making it an effective sculpting exercise for the busy bride. The goal is to stabilize your trunk using your core muscles, while moving your leg in isolation.
So while it might look like we’re just chilling on the beach, there is a LOT going on in this workout.
Why You Want This
You’ve been trying to figure out how to tone those inner thighs and outer hips, but it just hasn’t happened. Cue the Pilates side kick series (there isn’t a more direct way to do it).
And then, of course, the bonus bridging round arrives, to really bring the workout home by strengthening your glutes and hamstrings.
Why You Need This
The Pilates side kick series works one leg at a time, meaning that you can balance out your weaknesses, and release tight areas in the hips and thighs, on both sides of the body.
What To Remember
Abs First, Legs Second:
As in pretty much all Pilates exercises, the movement must be initiated from the powerhouse while maintaining spinal alignment.
Basically what this means is that you need to keep your abs engaged so that your spine doesn’t wobble forward and back; if you’re just aimlessly swinging your leg around you’re not going to get results.
Once you feel confident in keeping your torso stable, try lengthening the leg even more. Really reach the leg out of the hip and straighten the knee, then feel that burn, baby, burn.
Pilates Side Kick Series Set Up
- Lie on your side with your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in one straight line.
- Prop your head on your hand and lift the bottom ribs up, so that you’re not lounging into your body. If this is uncomfortable for your neck, straighten the bottom arm and rest your head down.
- Place the front hand firmly down on the mat in front of your chest. This hand helps to stabilize, but remember that the real focus is the abs.
- Move your legs forward of your hips at about a 45º angle. This helps your balance and protects your lower back.
- Check that the shoulders and hips are stacked, one on top of the other, and then keep everything still except that moving leg!
Now we train. Grab your mat, press play, and let’s do it to it!
Toning The Toosh With The Pilates Side Kick Series
Please note that this workout is only inspired by the classical Pilates side kick series, it is not the traditional order and contains contemporary exercises and modifications.
Now I’d Love To Hear From You
Did you like this workout? I hope so! Please leave a comment below telling me about your favorite leg exercise, then I can be sure to include it in future workouts.
Jennifer Dene XO