This exercise strengthens the muscles of the legs and activates the core. Bauerfeind’s Sports Ankle Support Dynamic provides stability and compression for top performance, and support during workouts.
Don’t let the simplicity of this movement fool you; Downward dog with a leg extension strengthens your core due to the balance needed during this exercise. Performing the downward dog will activate your core and strengthen your glutes while stretching your hips, hamstrings, and calves.
- Start standing with your feet hip-width apart. Then lower your body into a plank position.
- Bring your hips upwards and your head towards your arms. Make sure your back stays straight.
- Lift one leg up so that it is parallel with your back. Lower your leg and return to the plank position.
- Do this 5 times with this leg.
- Switch legs and repeat the sequence.
- Perform 5 repetitions and repeat these sets according to your abilities.
Primary muscles: Core and Glutes
Secondary muscles: Hip Flexor, Hamstrings and Shoulders
About Olympic Gold Medalist Thomas Roehler:
Thomas Roehler is a professional track and field athlete. He is a 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist with a personal best of 93.90 m in the javelin throw. With a passion for fitness, Thomas is showing us some of his favorite exercises designed to strengthen, stabilize and restore motion to your muscles and joints.
This information is provided for general information purposes and should not be relied on as a substitute for medical advice, evaluation or care from a qualified and licensed health care provider. The information contained here is not to be considered a plan of care or physical therapy.