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Side Plank

Body Part: Abdominals

Equipment: None

Difficulty: Beginner


Step 1: Lie on your side with the feet stacked, toes pulled toward the nose and forearm on the ground with elbow under the shoulder. Draw in the belly button, brace the abs, and squeeze the glute muscles.

Step 2: Lift the body off of the floor and form a straight line from head to heel.

Step 3: Reverse the pattern and return to the starting position. Maintain posture throughout.

Step 4: Repeat for the desired number of repetitions or time. Avoid pointing the toes, shoulder blade collapsing, body twisting or chin jutting forward.