Side Plank

Find out how to do a side plank.

What is a side plank? A side plank is a upper body movement and bodyweight exercise that works the core muscles as well as improves spinal stability. This simple and effective bodyweight exercise generally works the ab muscles with an emphasis on the obliques. So if you’re looking to get an impressive six pack or even ten pack you’ll want to start incorporating this exercise into your normal ab workout routine.

This simple yet effective ab exercise is used by beginners and pro bodybuilders alike. This low impact and easy to do exercise also increases balance throughout the body and can help build a stronger solid core for those who already have an preexisting injury that prevents them from doing the common crunch, side crunch, or oblique crunch.

See images and video to see how to do a side plank.

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    Lie on one side with your legs stacked and fully extended.
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    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.