Lateral Side Leg Raises

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Lateral side leg raises need to be performed in a very particular way for maximum effect. Find out about lateral side leg raises with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Lisa with danceypantsfitness.com, here at Anytime Fitness, South Longview, Texas. I'm going to show you how to do lateral leg raises. I'm going to show you two different ways, one standing and then one laying down on the ground. So, the very first one, stand with your feet together and put your hands on your hips, you're just going to take your leg out, hold it and bring it back down. Up and down. This is a lateral leg raise. Depending on your flexibility, you may only be able to get up right here. That's okay. Go ahead and go as high as you can comfortably, hold it just a moment; I like to add a little pultse or two and then bring it back down. Repeat this 10 to 20 times per leg and do that two to three times, about three times per week. Definitely repeat the same amount on the other leg. I want to show you laying down because you have a few more options doing it that way working a few different muscle groups and a little bit more comfortably. So, from a ground position, just prop up on your elbow. I'm going to have my foot first of all in the neutral position; show, so it's just relaxed. I'm going to come up and down, just a regular leg raise. I can also take my foot and point my toes to the ceiling and come up and down, getting a little bit more work here now on the quads. I can also take my toe and point it down. Make sure that your, your stomach is pulled in really tight during this. Pull up and down. You may not be able to go quite as high on this, but you're really engaging more of the gluteus medius on this as well. So, raising it up and going back down with that toe pointing down. If you can complete ten neutral, ten facing up and ten facing down, do the same thing on the other leg, repeat that two more times and get in two to three days a week, that is an excellent exercise for the legs. And that's how you do lateral leg raises.

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