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Exercise of the Week – Side Plank Leg Raise

Target Muscles: Core (Obliques, Abdominals & Lower Back), Buttocks (Glutes & Abductors) and Shoulders (Deltoids).

Side Plank Leg Raise 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Start by laying on your side and propping yourself up on one elbow. Stack your legs and feet together side by side, and then engage your core and raise your hips off the floor until your body is straight, as shown.

Side Plank Leg Raise 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Then slowly raise your upper foot, keeping your leg straight, as high as you can and hold.

Repetitions: Hold this position retaining your balance for as long as possible, then switch sides.

An advanced variation on the standard side plank, and a fantastic home exercise which engages most of the major muscles groups. Requires no equipment and is simply advanced by pushing yourself to hold it longer each time.

Note –¬†People with hip problems should avoid this exercise.