Pilates Week 10 – The Side Lift

March is a beautiful month in Australia, we get the last of summer and there is a couple of great long weekends.  This long weekend is now a long week off for me and I am pretty excited because the weather is going to be some great beach days, one of my favourite things about this time of year and having a week off is that the beach is ever so quiet because the kids are back at school.

There is something about exercise at the beach, one of the things I love about pilates is you can do it anywhere, anytime once you know the basics.  On that note just a gentle reminder to make sure that you are practicing your pilates with a trained instructor at least once a week so you make sure that you are learning the right technique.  Integrity with your technique will help you grow stonger, leaner muscles quicker and move on to more advanced exercises sooner.

Today’s exercise is part of the side lift series, it will help you build strength in the sides of your abdominals, your inner thighs and help you build balance and control.  This series will take place over the next few weeks.

Lie on your left side, with your left arm stretched underneath you following the same line as your torso.  Place your right hand on the mat in front of you for support.  Your legs are stacked on top of each other.

Breathe in to prepare, as you breathe out lengthen both legs as far away from your hips as far as possible, and then lift them a few inches off the ground.

Keeping your legs together, breathe in as you lower both legs until they hover just above the floor.  Repeat ten times, and then swap to the other side of your body.


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