A couple of weeks ago we posted a "How To" for the standard plank. It's such a great isometric exercise and has so many variations that we're following up with a feature on the Side Plank!
The side plank is especially good for targeting your obliques (those muscles on the sides of your abdomen). Your obliques are important because, along with other functions, they help you to bend and twist your torso.
Strong obliques = stable lower back + improved posture :)
The above picture is a great way to start with side planks.
*Elbow should be directly under the shoulder.
*Engage the core and squeeze the glutes and quads.
*Raise your hips.
*Your body should form a straight line.
It can be helpful to do your first few side planks in front of a mirror so that you can watch out for saggy hips!
Remember to do this on BOTH SIDES!
Once you've mastered the side plank, give the elevated side plank (hand beneath shoulder) and the side plank with leg lift. Both are pictured below...