Hamstring

Pilates Double Leg Kick

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Pilates double leg kick will help stretch your quads, open your chest, and strengthen the posterior chain (back of the body).

I am always giving my clients homework of exercises that strengthen the backs of their bodies.

We tend to always focus front, since that is what we can see easily. Unfortunately, it is the muscles in our backs that really help hold us up.

The pilates double leg kick works to strengthen those back, butt, and hamstring muscles while helping to open the hips and shoulders. As always in Pilates, the abs work to support the spine.

Here is my colleague Mikiko Baba demonstrating the Pilates double leg kick.

This is a beginning exercise, so anyone can do!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GAutTPxDTg&feature=sharecontrol&list=UUIxlkp7DihHO1fByAepEoyg&index=2

Shoulder Bridge Helps Ease Back Pain

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The shoulder bridge is a highly effective exercise to strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, abs, and back muscles. Add the shoulder bridge and any of its variations to your exercise routine and you will see improvements in your back strength and alleviation of back pain quickly.

The shoulder bridge shows up many times in pilates, yoga, and strength training. There is a reason why it is so popular - bridging is effective.

This video will take you through basic and advanced bridging exercises. Enjoy!

httpv://youtu.be/HWby-jYUa5I