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Side-Plank Leg Lift

No Equipment Necessary: Side-Plank Leg Lift

What is not to love about exercises that work multiple areas of my body at once? Challenging moves never bore. Plus, you can feel the benefits of core strength work almost immediately. This variation on the side plank targets your shoulders, waist, abs, back, outer thighs, and glute meds (the often under-worked muscle on the side of the pelvis that helps stabilize your hip joint).

  • Place your right elbow on the ground. Extend both legs out so that your body is in one straight line, balancing on the outside edge of your right foot. Flex both feet, and reach your left hand to the ceiling.
  • Keeping your spine lengthened and your abs engaged, lift your left leg up just higher than your top hip. Then slowly lower it back to your bottom leg.
  • Keep your waist up and lifted, and don't sink into your bottom shoulder.
  • Do three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions on each side.
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Chelyce14455550 Chelyce14455550 3 years
How long are you supposed to hold eat repetition?
Power-My-Life Power-My-Life 3 years
Exercises that work the entire body are awesome! Thank you for sharing! We also love to post about health and fitness on our blog, PowerMyLifeTX.com. Please check it out!
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
This one is fun, intense, but totally worth it as it takes up little time to work so many muscles. I have also started to add a couple of hamstring curls to it when my leg is lifted. Just flex your foot, curl the leg so that your heel touches your bum a couple of times.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I love side planks ! Can't imagine doing a leg lift with it though!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'd have to start with the elbow-on-the-ground position...it looks really tough.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This looks hard! I know when I do side planks it's usually all I can do to keep from toppling over :)
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