Reach through the legs 2

Side Kick Above 1The Side Leg Kick: Reach both feet away from the pelvis. This will animate the center and  open and align the hips. The bottom leg should be long and animated. When the top leg is in parallel, the bottom leg should also be in parallel. Many people will rotate the bottom leg out (externally) which indicates they are trying to stabilize with their gluteals, and not as much with the trunk or abductors. They will also bend the bottom leg, which takes me back to the saying “soggy legs = soggy center.” So next time you perform the Side Leg Kick pay attention to the bottom leg.  Next post we will discuss the top leg.

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