Kneeling Sidekick is viewed as a more advanced option to the Side Kick exercise. While they are certainly related, I think that focusing on the similarities actually does the practitioner a disservice. Sure, there is the hip disassociation, the core stability and the length, but what’s different?
Sure, they’ve made the whole exercise harder by increasing instability and balance challenge, adding lateral flexion and increasing the hip abduction required to bring the leg to parallel, but this exercise throws you a bone too!
You’re up on your knee! The POWER of the KNEEL! That bottom leg has so much more leverage to help out now. The kneeling leg’s glute, hamstring and quad muscles are REALLY strong and well positioned here to be REALLY helpful!
Cue clients to look to the kneeling leg as the answer to many of the new challenges the exercise poses. A slight pelvic tuck, engagement through the front and back of the kneeling leg, toes firmly planted on the floor and your client will be off to a much more successful start to this challenging movement!
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