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Side Leg Lifts

Side Leg Lifts

 

Side leg lifts will help you to shape your thighsand glutes. They’ll also strengthen your oblique muscles, which can be a difficult muscle group to isolate for strength training. When performing side leg lifts, it’s important that you pay particular attention to maintaining your form. Trying to over-extend yourself when doing this exercise can actually negate your fitness gains. So stick with the program, fitness connoisseurs!

Side Leg Lift Exercise

Grab an exercise mat.

Lie down on your left side with your right leg stacked on top of your left.

Bend your left arm so that it supports your head. Allow the palm of your right hand to come down in front of you on the mat, stabilizing your body.

Now engaging your legs and core, lift your straightened right leg up as high as you can without moving it forward or backward from the midline of your body and compromising your form. Be sure also that you’re only using your right arm lightly for balance – let your core take on most stabilizing duties.

Hold for a breath with your right leg raised, and then slowly lower it back down to meet your left. Aim for 12 reps on this side, then roll over onto your right side and repeat.

You should feel warmth and exertion through your side and back body from sternum to ankle.

For an added degree of difficulty, you can float your floor-side leg slightly off the floor while doing leg lifts with the other side.

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