(1) Learning Pilates from other than a real live instructor is not easy,
and does carry some slight risks. You should (in addition to these notes)
attend a course of certified Pilates mat sessions.
This is the safest way to learn, and it's also a lot of fun!
(2) Please ensure that you are competent in "Pilates Contrology".
(free pdf e-book).
Setup for Side Kick Series: Front & Back :
Action for Side Kick Series: Front & Back .
- Lie on your side and line youself up on the back of the mat. Your underneath hand supports the side
of your head, and your uppermost hand is planted firmly on the mat in front of your chest.
- Bring your straight legs forward to an angle of 20 degrees,
and stack shoulder over shoulder, hip over hip, and ankle over ankle.
- Flex the lower ankle (toes to kneecap) and press the foot into the mat.
- Engage your powerhouse to stabilize your spine and to keep your shoulders and
hips still and vertically stacked throughout.
- Raise your upper leg to hip height and turn it out as far as it will go.
Your toes and kneecap now face upward. Slightly reduce the amount of turnout, and maintain it for
the rest of the front and back kick.
- Breathe naturally, kick a long leg foward and pulse for two beats.
- Breathe naturally, reach a long leg back and pulse it for two beats.
Classical Pilates for Beginners:
The Side Kick Series: Front and Back
Level: Beginner, Repetitions: 5-10
The Shoulder Bridge Prep-
(In classical Pilates Exercise, The shoulder Bridge Prep preceeds the Side Kick Series: Front and Back).
The Up and Down Kick.
Classic Pilates Cueing:
(Classical Pilates Technique: The Side Kick Series: Front and Back , Scroll right>>>...)
- Front front, back back.
- Like a clock: Tick tick, tock tock
- Move at the hip joint, keep the pelvis still.
- Works the lateral hip rotator and hip adductor muscles - often weak lazy, and a common cause of hip and buttock pain.
- Practices pelvic stability and stabilizes the lumbar spine - important for low back pain.
Don't let an injury or weakness stop you!
There is always a modification. Take your time and find the right one for you.
If in doubt, seek advice!
- Stay stacked and stable - Imagine that buttocks and shoulders are lined up
against the wall behind you. Better still,
practice the side kick series with your back against a real wall!
- Lengthen and outward turn your action leg at all times!
- On your acnchor leg, lengthen the heel away and "toes to knee cap"!
Classical Pilates Technique: The Side Kick Series: Front and Back , © Bruce Thomson, EasyVigour Project
- Hip replacement: Smaller range of movement - still highly beneficial.
- Back pain - Smaller range of movement and stabilize your pelvis!
- Neck pain or tight shoulder- place your head on an oustretched arm or cushion.