Exercise of The Week: Plie Squat with a Side Kick

Plie SquatPLie Squat B


The exercise for this week is technically you get two exercises wrapped in 1! Oh yes, I know I am generous 😛 ! You are doing a lovely plie squat (like a ballerina) and following it up with a side kick. It is actually a fun little move and not all that complicated…unless you are uncoordinated, then it is a huge pain in the butt. If you keep at it eventually you will see you balance improve when doing this move, but it will take a while so don’t give up! So let’s get into how to do this move…

Move your feet out approximately double shoulder width apart and point your feet outward. This will feel odd at first. Hold your fists close together out in front of you and lower your body down into a squat. You should look like A. Stand your body back up to start position and lift your right leg off the floor, kicking out to the side. Make sure that you are doing a controlled kick, don’t just flail your leg out. You should look like B. Or as close to B as possible based on your flexibility. Go back to starting position. That is one rep. Do 10-12 reps on each side.

When you are starting out you may only be able to kick only as high as your waist and that is okay. No one is asking you to be Gumby! (If you don’t know who Gumby is do a Google search!) Make sure you that you listen to your body, it is easy to injure yourself if you try to do too much too soon.  If you need other exercises or work out ideas scroll down past Gumby and check out some challenges.

Gumby Stretching

Gumby Stretching

Other Exercises:
Basic Plank
Bent Over Row
Shoulder Press 
Bicep Curl
Basic Lunge
Frog Jump
Jackknife sit-up
30 Day Fitness Challenges:
Tricep Dip
Jackknife sit ups
Russian Twist
Dumbbell squat thrust

About Eunice

I like to joke that I am "a well of useless information" but for once I can share that information with people that might want to listen. I love trying new things and now I have an audience to share it with...hopefully. I hope you enjoy what you read :)

Posted on May 14, 2014, in Exercise of the week, Fitness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. position A I can manage…

    Position B will take a considerable amount of stretching :-p

    but these are awesome exercises 🙂


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