Side Lie Single Leg Lift




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Published September 20, 2017

Today’s exercise is the Side Lie Single Leg Lift.

This is good for  

Side Lie Single Leg Lift helps achieve pelvic stability, and is good for the obliques.

How to do Side Lie Single Leg Lift

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  • Begin by lying on your side with legs reaching long to the front of your mat.
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  • Exhale and draw your waist in like a corset tightening, then reach your top leg away from you and up in the air.
  • Inhale and return the leg, releasing the abs.

Things to focus on

As you move your leg think of reaching it long rather than high. Your leg should stay lower than hip height throughout.


  • Lying on your side is the most difficult position to stabilise the body, so this is a great way to start challenging the abdominals in our beginners mat classes.

You can do this exercise at home with minimal risk, depending on your body and any injuries you may have.

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About the author 

Claire Gunther is a PAA Principal Level Pilates Instructor with over 20 years and 20k+ hours of professional Pilates delivery experience.


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