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Side Elbow Plank Plus Inner Thigh

Strengthen your shoulders, obliques, abs, and inner thighs with this great side plank variation!
Working the inner thigh with no equipment takes a little creativity! Luckily, we have for you a great exercise to incorporate additional inner thigh work while in side plank. This exercise is intermediate to advanced, so having a good foundation of side plank built up will make this more successful for you.
Begin in side plank on your elbow with your feet staggered. Important: the bottom leg needs to be behind the top leg. Without bending your hips, waist or changing your side plank position, place more weight on the top leg by dragging the bottom/back leg out front into a high knee position. The outside of your shoe can stay in contact with the floor throughout the range of motion. To finish, extend the leg fully, back to the starting position behind the other foot.
The obliques on the bottom side will continue to work hard for you, as usual for a side plank. As soon as you begin to move that bottom leg, though, get ready for the inner thigh of the top leg to take on more weight and work harder to accommodate movement of the back leg.

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Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.