Band Lying Side Leg Raise

Primary Muscle Group: Outer hips

Muscle Groups Worked in This Exercise: Gluteus medius

Preparation: Tie the ends of the band together, forming a loop. Lie on one side in a straight line with your shoulders and hips vertical. Place both legs through the middle of the band so that it sits just above your knees. The leg that is on the floor should be slightly bent for added support.

Breathing: Breathe out as you lift your leg up; breathe in as you return to start position.

Execution: Remembering to keep your foot flexed, lift the top leg and strive to get it to a 45 degree angle to the floor. Pause then slowly lower your leg back down to start position. After completing all reps, switch legs and repeat.

Comments: Don't let your legs touch between reps and keep your hips stable, not allowing them to rotate back as you lift your leg.

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