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    How to Do Pilates Double Leg Kick Exercise - Women's Fitness

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    How to Do Pilates Double Leg Kick Exercise - part of the women's fitness video series by GeoBeats. Hello we're Katherine and Kimberly Corp. We own Pilates on Fifth in New York City and we would like to show you the Pilates exercise, Double Leg Kick. So Kimberly's going to lie on her tummy for this exercise. The legs are squeezing together, so your inner thighs are working even in the start position. Now even when you're lying on your stomach, you still want to pull in your abdominal muscles in. So its like you're trying to lift them up off the mat. And notice that her hands are right underneath the shoulders and its like she's balancing on the tip of her nose. So now we're going to have her place her hands at the small of her back, reaching it back here. Good. And she's going to turn her face to one side. And here we go to start the exercise. So we will exhale for 3 counts. Exhale bending the knees 3 times, exhale-exhale-exhale. Now she'll inhale, she'll straighten her legs, reaching her arms out, lifting up the full extension, and now turning the other way. Exhale-exhale-exhale, inhale lifting up. Now this is a more challenging exercise. So if you have trouble with the swan dive or exercises using your hands, this might be a little challenging because we're working all the muscles of the back here, working with the glutes as well. And exhale-exhale-exhale, inhale lifting up like you're pulling from the top of her head. Notice she's not scrunching in her neck. Exhale-exhale-exhale, inhale lifting up, just one more to keep it even. And exhale-exhale-exhale, inhale lifting up and notice the legs also aren't going too wide. And then she's going to rest back down. And its always nice after doing exercise is that a really intense lower back just a press back, and give the back a nice little relaxation move after an exercise such as the Pilates, Double Leg Kick.