Sunday, February 13, 2011

Side Plank

The Side Plank is an excellent variation of the classic exercise previously reviewed. Lay on your side then lift your body with your elbow. You can also lift your body with your arm for added difficulty. Pause for as long as you can (aim for 30-40 seconds). Repeat on the other side. This is an excellent exercise for the whole core (especially the side abs) and the upper arms. Do 2 alternating sets.

Pros:
  • Works the whole core including the obliques (side abs), an often-forgotten muscle; and the upper arms.
  • Can be done anywhere.
Cons:
  • Can be brutal if you're just starting out.
  • Hard to keep good form.
 
Side Plank with elbow














Side Plank with extended arm

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