Exercise Technique Article Series, 10

As I have discussed previously, it is critical that you stabilize and strengthen your core area. A strong core lays the foundation for future strength training. A strong core area will also maximize your extremity (limbs) strength.

Failure to adequately strengthen your core area will lead to injuries such as low back pain. A great core and glute exercise is the single leg plank raise as illustrated below:




1. Start by forming a straight plank with your forearms and feet as the contact points on the ground. Be careful not to bow your back. Contract your core area and glutes.

2. Once the plank is formed, raise one foot off the ground and then return to the starting position.

3. Repeat this movement for the desired repetitions alternating back and forth between legs.

Core training may not be glamorous, but you will reap great benefits by taking the time to do it!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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About Mark

Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.