Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring an intermediate level exercise called an Alternating Arm Raise Plank. But not to worry, you don’t have to be perfect at this exercise right off the bat, practice makes perfect as we strive for proper form and achieve stronger, toned muscles in the process. Be sure to focus on maintaining a neutral spine and engaging your abdominal muscles to really keep those hips steady and still while you raise one arm at a time out in front of you.
Why Do an Alternating Arm Raise Plank?
• Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
• Motor control is also increased in the body. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when asked to perform movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
• Work multiple areas of the core at once. This move target the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis and hip flexors at the same time- so you get more accomplished during your workout.
• Working on these muscle groups helps you build stability, strength and power in your upper body. This will allow you to have more functional mobility in your everyday life.
• This exercise emphasizes strength in the body and helps create toned muscles.
• Also the gluteus maximus, a prime muscle for hip extension, gets a good workout from this movement. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and the one most people are looking to shape and strengthen with the squat and deadlift. So just remember, strong glutes equal a shapely booty!
How to Perform an Alternating Arm Raise Plank:
1. Find a yoga mat or carpeted surface to plank.
2. Come up into a plank with a strong core and neutral hip alignment.
3. Lift one arm at a time and extend it out straight in front of you.
4. Return that arm to the starting position and repeat on the other arm.
5. Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat for 3-4 sets total.
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