EXERCISE OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER – SINGLE LEG KICK
Exercise of the Month is Single Leg Kick and will be featured in all Mat classes this month.
October Exercise Of The Month
The Single Leg Kick is an exercise that teaches you to open out and lengthen your hip flexor muscles.
These days as we all tend to spend too much time with our hips flexed whether that is sitting at work at home or driving cars. This can lead to am imbalance between the hip flexors and extensors making it tricky for must of us to take our legs and feet behind us(which is hip extension) without some sort of faulty movement pattern of shorting at the hip rather than opening at the hip which then can pull on the lower back.
The Single Leg Kick is hip extension giving an active stretch of your hip flexors while bending the knee therefore working the muscles in the back of the legs such as hamstrings which help with hip extension/ lengthening. By adding in the point and flex of the foot it begins to mobilise the ankle joint as well as challenging coordination.
Once you have master the version with your head down you move onto the version your elbows which requires more extension and length from the from of the body. It also require spine mobility and shoulder stabilisation.