How To Do Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chloe Freytag demonstrating Side Plank Pose with Leg Lift in a black tank top and yoga pants

Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift takes a Side Plank one step deeper. While a Side Plank Pose is a pose of strength for the abs, Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift adds a new intensity to that strength challenge. By lifting the top leg up you not only remove some of the muscles used in that top leg that are helping to hold your body up, but you add the additional weight of that leg to the mix. Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift builds strength in your shoulder, arm oblique muscles and hip. If you need a new core challenge, learn how to do Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift.

Many poses in yoga focus on flexibility and are designed to open your muscles and connective tissue. However, many are also designed to help you build strength and power. Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift is all about strength and power. This pose uses the tool of the isometric hold to help you builds strength in your shoulder girdle, arm, obliques and hip. In addition, this pose will challenge the strength of the mind and will. The first time you hold Side Plank Pose With Leg Lift you might be shaking after just a few seconds. Over time, however, you will see first- hand how strong you are becoming as you notice how the amount of time you are able to hold the position without letting go is extended. If you cannot hold this pose the first time, work on your Side Plank Pose first. Once you master that you are ready to try lifting the top leg- even for a few seconds. If Side Plank Pose gives you trouble, try putting your knee on the ground and practicing Kneeling Side Plank With Leg Lift.

1) Begin in a full plank with hands under shoulders and feet and thighs touching.

2) Squeeze abdominals tightly and open right arm straight into the air turning body to the side so right foot rests on left foot.

3) Squeeze through waistline and lift right leg up in line with hip. Hold for 30 seconds.

4) Return to plank and switch sides.

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