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Pilates Kneeling Side Kicks

February 7, 2014 — 19 Comments

Pilates Kneeling Side Kicks – an advanced Pilates mat exercise to strengthen torso stability and sides of the body.

If I hear Pilates Plus and SLT described one more time as “Pilates on steroids” I am going to pull out what little, short hair I have on my head.

Why does this make me so angry?

Pilates in and of itself is so hard! Most people never experience the advanced exercises, and these are where the rest of the work comes together into some crazy hard, good strength exercises.

One of those is the Kneeling Side Kicks. Basically, this is a longer lever side plank with added hip flexion and extension. You balance on one knee one hand as you kick your straight leg without moving anything but your leg. It is challenging and really good for you.

Here is my Real Pilates colleague Emily Hoffman demonstrating the Pilates Kneeling Side Kicks.

Try it and let me know what you think!


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Lynda Lippin is an award-winning NYC-based Certified Pilates Teacher with 25 years experience, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer who specializes in TRX® and Kettlebell training, and a Usui Reiki Master. Lynda's teaching style, which is described as "nurturing yet demanding," allows her clients, such as journalist Natalie Livingstone and designer Donna Karan, to overcome basic issues of poor posture, poor alignment, stiffness, injury, and back or neck pain. Lynda Lippin's clients end up stronger, taller, more flexible, and thinner with many fewer aches and pains. Livingstone says, "Lynda is the only personal trainer I have worked with who combines hard-core cardio, super-toning but not bulking weight circuits and expert pilates. Her results speak for themselves...." Contact Lynda Lippin to schedule a session or for more information.

19 responses to Pilates Kneeling Side Kicks

  1. This is one the most challenging exercises in the Pilates mat! I also love it, and it is great for toning the hips and butt.
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  2. Wow, what an awesome exercise. My sides already hurt ;) Lynda…do you have any recommendations for a video set or something for someone absolutely brand new to pilates and a bit out of shape?
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  3. That looks mean (in a good exercise kind of way)!
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  4. Stopping by from the SITS Girls comment love challenge! I used to practice pilates back in college and have done it sporadically since through rec center classes or DVDs. This looks like a great, intense exercise and I like that you don’t need any other tools or apparatuses for it. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. I love how pilates moves look so easy but they give your such a good work out! That side kick move is intense!!
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  6. I have never tried Pilates, but my friends swear by it. Maybe one of these days I’ll give it a try. Stopping by from The SITS Girls.
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  7. Pilates always seemed so hard to me. Maybe I need to give it another chance. Thanks for sharing.
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