How to do a Side Plank: Step-By-Step & Video
Side Plank is a variation of the elbow plank, and like the basic elbow plank the side plank works a variety of muscles: Transversus Abdominis, Obliques Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus, as well as your Hips.
Side Plank Modifications
Based on your Fitness Level
- Beginner: Body Weight
- Intermediate: Using a dumbbell raise your top arm not on the ground straight up above your shoulder and hold for the duration of the plank.
- Expert: Add the dumbbell and also raise your outer leg about 8 inches holding both your arm and leg up for the duration of the plank.
Step-By-Step Instructions to Complete A Side Plank:
- Start on your side with your feet together and one forearm directly below your shoulder, facing forward.
- Contract your core and raise your hips until your body is in a straight line from head to feet.
- Hold the position without letting your hips drop for the allotted time for each set.
Hold Side Plank for Time.
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