How do I perform a plank with straight leg raise?

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Wendy Batts
Fitness
When performing a plank with a straight leg raise, begin by lying on your stomach with your feet shoulder-width apart and forearms placed on the ground. Make sure that your elbows are directly under your shoulders and your head is in a neutral position. Next, draw in your abs toward your spine and contract your glutes (making sure that your feet and heels do not touch each other). From this position, lift your entire body off of the floor until your body forms a straight line from head to toe. Without moving your torso, slowly lift a leg into the air a few inches (be sure to keep your body in a straight line the entire time). Hold this position for 3-5 seconds and then lower the leg to the starting position. Perform this exercise for the desired number of sets and repetitions.
 
Lie on your stomach with your feet together and forearms placed on the ground. Clench your fists under your shoulders, draw-in your navel and contract your glutes.&nbsp; Lift your body off the floor until your form a straight line from head to toe. Contract your glutes and lift one leg off the floor.&nbsp; Hold the position for a few seconds and then return your leg to the starting position.&nbsp; Repeat the leg lift with the opposite leg.<br /><br /><br /> <br />

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