This exercise is very reminiscent of Pilates side leg lifts, but using the bench makes you work harder as you fight against gravity. This exercise targets your obliques, but is also killer on your glutes and outer thighs. If there is too much tension on your neck, stretch out your arm, and relax your head onto your bicep.
- Bring your hips to the very edge of the bench, and lie down on your left side. Stack your hips on top of one another, and engage your abs, drawing your ribs in. Use your right hand to hold onto the bench, and support your head with the left hand. Flex your feet, keeping both legs level and parallel to the bench.
- Keep your toes parallel as you lift your top leg up. Then lower back down to meet the bottom leg.
- Complete two to three sets of 10 side leg lifts with each leg.