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How to Do a Side Kick Bicycle in Pilates

Learn how to do the side kick bicycle, a Pilates Mat exercise, from Core Pilates NYC instructor Sarah Ruback in this Howcast workout video.

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After inside circles comes the bicycle. So, stretch your top leg over your bottom leg here nice and long. That's it. Lift your leg up here hip height then bend your top knee in toward your chest.

Extend the leg long in front of you. Then sweep the leg behind you to the back. Bend your knee bringing the heel to the seat and then take your knee towards your shoulder.

And continue this. Extend the leg to the front. Reach back and commit. And just keep going.

So, this is a great stretch for the legs. When you're stretching the leg forward it gets your hamstrings. When you go back you're stretching right through the front of the hips. And again, one more time Madeline.

Bend the knee right toward the check and then hold it. Now we'll reverse. Send the leg to the back and stretch the leg forward. And continue.

So, while you're doing all of this great work for your legs remember to keep your core stability and support. The hips stack. The abdominals lift in and up.

Last time here, Madeline. Very nice. Bring your top leg over the bottom leg and then lower it down.

And there's the bicycle.

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