The lying side hip raise is a fantastic bodyweight movement which works multiple muscles. The obliques are the primary target muscles but the traps and shoulders also get worked secondarily. Now, the exercise is similar to a plank but with repetitions, so the entire core is actually benefitting from this stabilization movement.
But, overall, the lying side hip raise is an effective and convenient movement which requires no equipment, except for maybe a soft surface.
So, include this exercise in your ab routine for even more impressive core development.
In This Exercise:
- Target Muscle Group: Obliques
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Exercise Mat/None
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Lie on your side but place your forearm on the floor to support your bodyweight. Place your top foot on top of the bottom foot.
- Then, lower your torso down a few inches from the floor.
- Raise your hips up until your torso is aligned (Side Plank)
- Complete as many reps as desired.
- Then switch to your other side and repeat the movement.
Variations & Tips:
- The exercise should simulate a side plank for the positive portion of the rep.
- The lying side hip raise is a great oblique exercise but it also works your traps and deltoids.