This full-body exercise, with added leg lifts, gets your abs and glutes working overtime, giving your metabolism that much-needed boost. Elbow Plank Leg Lifts also works to give you perfectly toned legs and thighs.
While the traditional Elbow Plank Pose works your arms, core and back, the additional leg lifts specifically target your glutes while improving your overall posture and stability.
Begin in the traditional Plank Pose (from Downward Facing Dog, inhale and shift your upper body forward, placing your shoulders directly over your wrists, keeping the core strong and torso parallel to the floor).
Don’t forget to keep your shoulders drawn back (away from your ears) and your hips in line with your shoulders. Keeping your core tight and your glutes engaged will ensure the best results!
To really shake things up, try these leg lifts in a Side Plank Pose. Start by placing your right elbow on your mat. Now extend both of your legs out so that your body is in one straight line, balancing on the outside edge of your right foot. Flexing both of your feet, reach your left hand towards the ceiling. Carefully lift your left leg up, just slightly higher than your top hip, and slowly lower your bottom leg back down.