General Side Plank

  • Skill Level Beginner
  • Type Strength Training
  • Equipment No Equipment
  • Body parts Abs, Obliques, Shoulders

The side plank improves spinal stability, as well as upper-body and core strength, with an emphasis on the obliques. The exercise also increases balance throughout the body.

Instructions

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    Lie on one side with your legs stacked and fully extended.
  2. Side Plank
    Using your lower elbow and forearm, prop your body up, making sure to keep your abs tight the entire time. Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Squeeze your abs and glutes to keep your body stabilized.
  • Keep your neck in line with your spine and avoid raising or dropping your head.
  • Don't allow your hips to drop. Maintain a straight line from head to toes.

Advanced variations