Taken from Intermediate Strength 1A. Side Plank with Leg Raise.
I’ve noticed I’m so much weaker with my right leg down than left leg down (could be due to previous running injury/surgery on right knee years ago).
With my left leg down I find this hard, but I am able to hold the position for the duration and remain stable. I can lift my right leg up, keep it straight and horizontal (or even as high as shown in the picture above)
With my right leg down I struggle. On the outside of my right knee I feel that there’s so little strength there to hold the position (causing my right knee to want to collapse down towards the ground), and with the left leg up I struggle to keep the raised leg straight and up. It almost feels like the muscles in my left groin/hip feel so much weaker.
In a standard side plank on the same side I feel fine. Thinking this through it may be with my left leg down and straight too it may be compensating for my right legs weakness and essentially resisting the ‘collapse’ due to the weaker right leg.
- Am I alone?!!
- What other exercises or drills can I do to improve strength and even up my strength between sides?