Side kicks are fun, and they can be a good way to work your body while releasing energy. This may be emotional energy such as frustration or just getting your heart rate up.
Work Your Body with Side Kicks
Side kicks are an amazing exercise for your body. Balance is challenged. Core stability is strengthened. Lower body strength is improved. Quickness and agility is developed. Focus is increased. The great news: this exercise targets your lower body while working your entire body (as long as you focus on posture, keeping your abs tight, and using your arms).
Strength, toning, and cardiovascular training are all developed with side kicks. Depending on your goal, one can be trained more while the others are still worked. For example, if cardio is your goal, doing side kicks on one side for 30 seconds followed by the other leg would be one way to train.
Get the Most Out of Your Side Kicks
Activate your core by drawing your belly button into your spine. Lengthen your body and stand up tall to perform this exercise with good posture. As you kick, push through your heel of the kicking leg to really activate your glutes. Also, lengthen your kicking leg but beware of locking your knee joint. You want to activate your leg muscles and glutes without putting extra pressure on your knees. Increase your concentration by focusing on an area to the side of you when you kick, and aim to kick directly at it.
Side Kicks Progression
If you want to make this exercise more challenging, try alternating legs on your side kicks for 20 reps or 1 minute.
5 Ways to Incorporate Side Kicks Into Your Workout
There are many ways to incorporate side kicks into your workouts. Here are five ideas for you to try.
1. 2 sets of 10 side kicks on each side.
2. 3 sets+ 30 seconds side kicks each leg.
3. Alternating legs side kicks as cardio in between strength exercises.
4. 1 minute of side kicks repeated 10 times during your workout.
5. Perform side kicks on a punching bag for increased resistance. Challenge yourself with time and repetition goals. For example, see how many you can do in 1 minute with good form.
Transform Your Legs and Butt – Side Kicks Exercise Video
Do the Transform Your Legs and Butt – Side Kicks Exercise Video to get 2 sets of side kicks in!
Let some frustration out in a positive way without affecting anyone else in a negative way, release some emotional buildup, or just burn some crazy calories!