Pilates Moves

5 Exercises to Work Your Side Body

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Your lats are your couch. - Diane Severino

There ain't no body like the side body. A strong side body provides support for a solid, stable core and good posture. Plus, stretching your side body muscles, including your lats, obliques, and hip extensors, helps you achieve greater flexibility and a larger range of motion.

Do these 5 Pilates exercises to stretch and strengthen your side body:

1. Side Bends

Build your abdominals and obliques, and stabilize your shoulders.

2. Saw

Work the common players: abdominals, obliques, and back extensors. Plus, increase spinal rotation.

3. Spine Twist

Strengthen your abdominals, obliques, shoulder stabilizers, and hip stabilizers.

4. Side Kicks

Strengthen the glutes, hips, abdominals, and back extensors to support your upper body. (You'll also work your abs.)

5. Leg Pull Front

Work your hip extensors along with your core.

About the Author

Kathy Schader

Kathy currently teaches Pilates in Manhattan Beach, CA, and she loves sharing the transformative power of Pilates. When not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors in Southern California.


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