Is this the best exercise you can do?

Is this the best exercise you can do?

If one exercise could strengthen your core, define your abs, shoulders and legs, then you’d do it all the time, right?

The side plank is a simple exercise that works your whole body. If you really want to build your core strength, you should include the side plank in your workout.

Practised regularly enough, you’ll realise how little you used your core before!

Working one side of the body at a time, it also gives extra strength to your lower back and will really benefit anyone struggling with lower back pain.

 It may well take a bit of working up to get the full side plank, but if you start with both feet on the ground before stacking them it will make it easier.

  1. Start in a plank position, with your elbows on the floor underneath your shoulders. Always remember to engage your core, shoulders and glutes.

  2. When you feel ready, shift your weight onto your right elbow and  roll onto the right side of your right foot. Your whole body should be facing to the right and your feet should be stacked on top of each other.

  3. Take a moment to balance, before raising your left arm up towards the ceiling.

  4. Hold this pose for 15-30 seconds and repeat for between two to four sets.

  5. Repeat on the opposite side.

  6. Build up your time gradually until you can hold the position for a minute.

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Amber J.
7 September 2018

Amber J.

looks good, but do we balance on our elbows or on our hands with straight arms?

Nicky B.
7 September 2018

Nicky B.

Weirdly, I have never done a side plank in my life. This is one I can do in the evenings instead of slouching on the sofa.

Mark M.
4 September 2018

Mark M.

Not sure it's the best exercise of all (no cardio involved) but it is definitely one of the top.

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