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Side Plank

Side Plank
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Exercise Description

Main Target Muscles


Secondary Target Muscles

Obliques, Shoulders 

Workout Type


Fitness Level




Power Move 


Target Muscle Group: Core

Side Plank Overview

Plank is one of the most notable exercises that is a staple part of every exercise routine. It is an amazing way to perfect your posture, enhance balance body alignment, build core strength, and improve overall health. Side planks are a great way to build core strength and, more specifically, oblique strength.

There are several variations to the exercise that you can try to increase the intensity and add more challenge to your workout, such as

  • Simple planks
  • Forearm plank
  • Walking plank
  • Plank with side dips

How to Do it

  1. Start by lying on your side with your legs straight.
  2. Prop yourself up on your elbow, keeping your hand close to your chest.
  3. Raise your hips off the ground, aligning your body so that it forms a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.
  4. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then lower back down and repeat on the other side.
  5. If this is too difficult, you can modify the exercise by placing your knees on the ground.

    Side Plank Tips

    1.  Don't let your midsection slide. Keep your spine straight.
    2.  To ensure that your technique is tight, do the side plank in front of the mirror!
    3.  Hold the plank for at least one minute. For greater intensity, hold the plank longer.

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