Engage your abdominals and lengthen your spine, extending through the top of the head as you lean forward to put your weight on your hands.
Your shoulders should be directly over your wrists and settled in your back. That means there is a lot of space between your shoulders and your ears.
With your abdominals lifted, extend your legs back so that they are straight and together. Your toes are curled under so that some weight is on the balls of your feet.
Your ears, shoulders, hips and heels should be in one long line.
2. Lift One Leg Away From the Mat
As you extend your leg from the hip, your hip will lift slightly, but the challenge is to keep the rest of your body stable in plank position. This requires extra work from your abdominals, shoulders and back. It is important that you initiate this move with your powerhouse and through the hip, not just from the back of the leg. Try not to get tense; use only as much energy as you need to keep perfect form. Focusing on length will help a lot.
Return your foot to the mat and extend the other leg.
Repeat the lift five to seven times on each side
- Think of leg pull front as an oppositional stretch where energy is moving in opposite directions, through your heels and out the top of your head.
- Breathe deeply down the whole length of your spine, and fully into your lower ribs and back.
- You will find that keeping your legs and butt engaged and pulling in toward the center will take some of the pressure off the upper body, creating a more balanced exercise.