Side Plank

Exercise / Abs

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How to perform the exercise

1. Start by lying on your side while resting on your forearm, with your feet and legs together.


2. Place your forearm flat on the floor for support as you lift your body into the side plank position.


3. Contract your core muscles, then raise your hips until your body is in a straight line from your head to your feet.


4. Hold this position as long as you can.


  • Don’t overexert your Muscles
  • Form is important

Planks have been proven to be one of the most effective exercises to target abdominal muscles. Planks help condition and train your core, which strengthens your abs. No matter which variation of planks you choose, if you’re not using the proper form when doing planks, you won’t see the results you expect.

CAUTION: If you’re a beginner, or not in optimal shape for exercise, start slowly! Consult a physician before starting a new exercise regimen.

Exercise Tips

  • Do planks every day to build endurance.
  • Planks help reduce back pain by strengthening your core.
  • Doing planks properly helps improve balance.
  • Start slow, you will build endurance over time.


  1. The spiderman plank, The spiderman plank, is a variation of the standard plank and is also very effective for targeting abdominal muscles.
  2. Another popular variation of the plank is the plank jack because it works all of the major muscles in the abdomen.