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How to Do a Side Step

Learn how to do a side step from personal trainer Layla Luciano in this Howcast thighs workout video.


Hey, I'm Layla and I'm going to show you how to do side steps. In your side step, you're just going to be stepping out from side to side, in a squat position. You're going to start off with your feet shoulder width apart. That's squatting down. Make sure your knees are aligned with your ankles. You're going to stay at this height the entire time, so you're not going to pop up and down. You're going to stay one height the entire time. You're going to shuffle your feet out from side to side. You're going to skip together, take one foot out, and make sure when you take that foot out the leg stays straight. You keep all the weight on one side. You step back together, take it up. So, in and out. In and out.

Every time you shuffle, make sure that the weight stays on the leg that's bent. The leg that's bent, the knee is aligned with the ankle and the weight is back in that heel, so you're really going to feel this deep in the glute and the hamstring in the back of the leg, and also in that quad area. You can start off with those feet together, step out to the side, shuffle to the side, shuffle to the side making sure to stay tone height the entire time, not popping up and down. You really keep the tension on those legs. Again, this is also great exercise for cardio and toning effect. You can take this exercise a little bit faster. Staying nice and low, take it out, take it out, take it out, just like that. That's how you do a side step.

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