Side Plank

Summary

The side plank is a great exercise for strengthening the oblique abdominal muscles, which don't get worked as much during ab exercises such as crunches. You will hold your body on your side in a straight position supported only by one arm and the side of one foot.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Lie on your right side, legs extended and stacked from hip to feet. The elbow of your right arm is directly under your shoulder. Ensure your head is directly in line with your spine. Your left arm can be aligned along the left side of your body.
  2. Engage your abdominal muscles, drawing your navel toward your spine.
  3. Lift your hips and knees from the mat while exhaling. Your torso is straight in line with no sagging or bending. Hold the position.
  4. After several breaths, inhale and return to the starting position. The goal should be to hold for 60 seconds. Change sides and repeat.

Primary Muscles

Secondary Muscles

Difficulty Level

Deep Dive

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