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How to Do a Plank With Alternating Arm and Leg Raise

I'm a Trainer, and This Is the Exercise That Leaves My Abs Sore For Days

If you haven't figured it out by now, I really like ab exercises. Not because I want my abs to pop (although that is a bonus), but because I know just how important a strong core is. Not trying to sound like that annoying trainer, but seriously, a strong core is essential. Without it, you wont be able to perform exercises like squats, deadlifts, and sprints properly and efficiently.

I have a handful of core-strengthening exercises I enjoy doing, and one of my current favourites is the plank with alternating arm and leg raise. I like it because it forces you to really focus on stability, balance, core strength, and core activation all at once.

How to Do a Plank With Alternating Arm and Leg Raise

  • Come into plank position with your arms and legs straight and your shoulders above your wrists.
  • With control, raise your right arm up as you simultaneously raise your left leg up off of the ground. Be sure not to rotate at your hip or upper body. Hold for one second.
  • With control, lower your right arm and left leg back to the starting position. That counts as one rep. Repeat with the left arm and right leg.
  • Complete three sets of 10 reps.
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