Updated: Aug 30, 2018
The side kick is one of the most powerful martial arts moves ever conceived. It's also one of the best exercises you can do for glute toning, glute strength and balance training, all at once. Begin with the standing leg straight, foot and toes pointing back. The kicking leg is lifted high with the knee directed towards the chest, the kicking foot is lifted as high as possible (slightly higher than the kicking knee). Lean the torso back. Before executing the kick, bring the toes as far back towards the kicking knee and then fire with the heel. Do multiple kicks on either side, feel the glutes engaged, feel the soreness in the outer glutes in either side. Stretch the groin muscles by lifting the kicking leg higher and higher each time. Work on your balance by making the necessary adjustments in your standing leg to execute the side kick over and over again.