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How to Do the Side Kick Hot Potato in Pilates

Learn how to do the side kick hot potato, an advanced Pilates Mat move, from Core Pilates NYC instructor Sarah Ruback in this Howcast workout video.


This is hot potato which is the first in the advanced side-kick series. So will start lying down on your side. Extend the legs long, flex the feet and bring them forward. So before adding any choreography into your routine, you can always challenge what you know in these series in the beginning and intermediate by just bringing your top hand behind your head.

If you try to do all those variations like this that will be it's own advancement and good preparation for these next few exercises. Once you're ready for hot potato you'll turn your top leg out, pointing the toes and just lift the foot up a few inches, then tap the toe five times in front of your bottom foot. One, two, three, four, five and up, and to the back five, four, three two, one, and lift. Four three, two, one, lift. Four, three, two, one, and lift. Three, two, three, lift. Three, two, three, and lift. Two more. That's it and two.

Now into ones. One and up and one and up. One more to the front. One more to the back lift the leg up high and lower your leg down. As you can see in the advanced series finally you're allowed to lift your leg all the way up toward the ceiling in a full range of motion because you're strong enough, you're prepared for it. So you will get to it, but you have to follow that progression to do it correctly in your body. That's our hot potato.

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