Lesley Logan, a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher voted best ‘Pilates in Los Angeles,’ teaches the exercise ‘Side Kicks Series’ on the Mat on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Subscribe for weekly videos. Take Skype classes or find info on her Pilates Retreats at http://www.lesleyloganpilates.com.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS EXERCISE:
Lining your back up with the edge of the mat, lift both legs to the front edge of the mat. Your hands are behind your head and your waist is lifted.
Front/Back: Kick you leg forward, part way back and then forward again. Then reach your leg back, part way forward and then back. Repeat 3-5x
Up/Down: Turn the leg out point the foot and lift it up, up and then flex and squeeze it down. Repeat 3-5x
Little Circles: Reach the leg back, point the foot and draw circles 5 in each direction
Big Circles: Squeeze your heels together and then kick forward, up, reach back and around hug the heels before repeats 2 more times. Then reverse 3x.
Flip over and do the other side.
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FINE-TUNE THIS EXERCISE: let your waist sink to the ground so you can feel what relaxed is like. Then lift your bottom waist up with your obliques to feel what connected is like.
CHECK OUT THESE OTHER EXERCISES:
• Kneeling Side Kicks: https://youtu.be/IHQBt6dEGZM
• Side sit ups reformer: https://youtu.be/EoYlOvqNaVQ
• Side Bend: https://youtu.be/KUeUmWszwiQ
LESLEY LOGAN is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher and has been studying and teaching Joseph Pilates Classical Method since 2005 and 2008 respectively. She also has eight years of retail management experience, and six years managing studios regionally for Equinox fitness clubs. Hooked after her very first class in Orange County, Lesley arranged her schedule to take Pilates classes every day. This enthusiasm moved her to Los Angeles, where Lesley completed a 600 hour Classical Pilates Teacher Training. Soon after, Lesley completed a Masters Pilates Program from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, while training elite marathon runners for Nutribullet’s first Los Angeles Marathon. Her love for learning the method didn’t stop there, as she became the Lead Teacher Trainer for Equinox Pilates and led dozens of apprentices through their program from 2012-2016. In 2013 Lesley was voted ‘Best Pilates in Los Angeles’ by Los Angeles Magazine, featured in Pilates Style Magazine, can be seen on PilatesAnytime.com, and recently has completed “The Work,” a masters program taught by one of Joseph Pilates “Elders,” Jay Grimes. Maintaining that Pilates is a unique practice that is right for everybody, Lesley tailors the method for each client. Her goal is to help them connect their mind to their core, creating intentional body awareness so they can move from their center, be taller and stronger than when they walked in. You can find Lesley teaching Mat Classes at Yogaworks in Los Angeles or instructing private clients at Westwood Pilates. She also offers online business courses for beginning to advanced Pilates instructors, studio owners and teacher trainers at her website, ProfitablePilates.com, and leading groups on Pilates retreats.
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