GYM: Side Plank Lateral Raise

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Side Plank Lateral Raise

Start in a side plank position with a neutral spine. Your shoulders and hips should be perpendicular to the floor.

From this position raise your top leg while maintaining the plank position and without dropping your hips toward the floor, and then return your top leg to the starting position.

This exercise is great for lateral stability and challenges both lateral and rotational stability of the core, both important in balance activities.

If you find the straight leg too challenging and are unable to perform the exercise, then decrease the difficulty by bending your lower leg at the knee while keeping the thighs in alignment.

Start these in sets of 6–8 per side and increase as you feel stable. Be aware that the second side will be more challenging, so it is advised to alternate which side you start with. This is true of most exercises.


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