Side Plank Leg Lift

Side Plank Leg Lift

The Side Plank Leg Lift is a challenging exercise that targets multiple muscles in your body, especially the core, hips, and glutes. This exercise is a variation of the traditional side plank, which adds an extra element of stability and strength by incorporating leg movements. To perform the Side Plank Leg Lift, you start by lying on your side with your forearm on the floor, elbow directly beneath your shoulder. Your legs should be extended straight, with one foot stacked on top of the other. Lift your hips off the ground, creating a straight line from your head to your feet. This is the starting position. Once in the side plank position, you will slowly lift your top leg up towards the ceiling while keeping your core engaged and maintaining your balance. Control the movement, squeezing your glutes as you lift your leg, and then lower it back down with control. Repeat this movement for the desired number of repetitions, then switch sides. This exercise not only strengthens your core muscles but also targets your obliques, quadriceps, and gluteus medius – the muscles on the side of your hip. In addition to building stability and strength, the Side Plank Leg Lift also improves your balance, coordination, and overall body control. Remember to start with a weight or difficulty level that challenges you but allows you to maintain proper form throughout the exercise. As you become more proficient, you can gradually increase the challenge by incorporating resistance bands or ankle weights. Always listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.

Instructions

  • Start by lying on your side, propping yourself up on your forearm.
  • Align your elbow directly beneath your shoulder and stack your feet together.
  • Engage your core and lift your hips off the floor, creating a straight line from your head to your heels.
  • Once stable, slowly lift your top leg as high as you can without rotating your hips or losing balance.
  • Hold for a moment at the top, then lower your leg back down.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, then switch sides.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button in towards your spine throughout the exercise.
  • Keep your body in a straight line from head to toe, avoiding any sagging or arching of the back.
  • Focus on maintaining stability through your supporting arm by spreading your fingers and pressing firmly into the ground.
  • Exhale as you lift your leg, maintaining control and avoiding any swinging or jerking movements.
  • Aim to lift your leg up to hip height, while keeping your pelvis stable and not allowing it to rotate.
  • Start with a shorter hold time and gradually progress to longer durations as your strength and stability improve.
  • To increase the challenge, you can place a resistance band around your thighs or ankles.
  • Listen to your body and modify the exercise if you experience any discomfort or pain.
  • Incorporate side plank leg lift into a well-rounded fitness routine that includes other exercises for a balanced workout.
  • Remember to always warm up before attempting any challenging exercise.
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