The Side Plank for Tight Core Development

May 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

If you have incorporated the plank exercise into your workout routine on a regular basis then maybe it is time you kick that abdominal exercise up a notch with the side plank. The side plank is an excellent way to strengthen your oblique muscles and get a handle on those love handles!
Not only does the side plank work your abdominal muscles, it is great for strengthen your back, hips and shoulders. I have incorporated into my rehab programs for all of my patients with shoulder injuries. It is a great stabilizing exercise.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Lie on your side with your right hand on the ground or use an exercise mat. If you are just beginning with this exercise then begin on your elbow.bk>

Step 2: Lift yourself up to form a plank with your right arm straight and your left arm on your side. (On your elbow if you are a beginner)

Step 3: Hold this position for 15 seconds. Gradually increase the amount of time you can remain in the position. For example 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute. Do 3-4 repetitions on each side.

DON’T CHEAT: Remember to keep your body in a straight line, tightening your abs and butt muscles. Use a mirror to see your form and keep you from cheating!</span

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