March MATness Day 26: Side Bend

Side Bend is a a really beautiful exercise.  It’s smooth, the body is at its longest and the arm movement even reminds me of a ballet dancer.  A really good cue to emphasize the top of this movement is a rainbow – we discussed it here on Cueing Theory back in October.  Let’s take that a step further here and focus on the rainbow’s PURPLE arc.

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By isolating the purple arc in our clients’ minds, we can help them hone in on what the bottom of the body has to offer to the Side Bend exercise.  Lifting from the bottom side of the body in this lateral position cues the client to engage from the back of standing arm all the way down to the tips of the bottom leg’s toes.  Think about that.  Triceps, deltoid, serrates anterior, exterior oblique, QL, rectus abdominis, glutes, quads, hamstrings and more.  All of those working together – now that’s a lot of muscle power!

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