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How to Do a Side Plank for Flatter Abs and More

How to do a side plank for flat abs and more as demonstrated by Chicago Women’s Weight Loss Coach Stephanie Mansour and Jenny Milkowski of Fox 32.

Side Plank with Stephanie Mansour & Jenny Milkowski

Looking for an exercise that works your whole body for long, lean muscles and an overall toned look? If you want to build a strong core and flatter abs while also toning your arms, legs, back, and more, I recommend adding side planks to your workout routine.

When I create custom workout plans for my private weight loss coaching clients, I consider it part of my job to help them understand the benefits of exercise beyond developing muscle tone and burning fat. Doing side planks regularly will also help you improve your balance and concentration, which will help you prevent injuries, add to your overall conditioning, boost your performance and confidence, and reduce stress.

Here’s how to do a side plank:

For a beginner side plank…

  • Start on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and your hand flat on the ground.
  • Stack one leg on top of the other with your knees slightly bent and put the other hand on your hip.
  • Raise your hip off of the ground, keeping your legs together and bent. Squeeze your glutes, keep your abs engaged, and pull your hips upward as if by a rope from the ceiling.
  • Hold and breathe
  • Return to the starting position and repeat until you feel the burn

For a more advanced side plank…

  • Start on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and your hand flat on the ground.
  • Stack one leg on top of the other, straighten your legs and put the other hand on your hip.
  • Raise your hip off of the ground, keeping your legs together and straight. Squeeze your glutes, keep your abs engaged, and pull your hips upward as if by a rope from the ceiling.
  • Hold and breathe
  • Return to the starting position and repeat until you feel the burn

For an even more advanced side plank (as demonstrated in the video)…

  • Start on your side with your elbow under your shoulder and push up to straighten your arm so you are propping yourself up with your hand.
  • Stack one leg on top of the other, straighten your legs, and put the other hand on your hip or reach to the sky.
  • Raise your hip off of the ground, keeping your legs together and straight. Squeeze your glutes, keep your abs engaged, and pull your hips upward as if by a rope from the ceiling.
  • Raise your top leg in the air and lower
  • Hold and breathe

As you can see, there are many variations of the side plank exercise you can incorporate to challenge yourself and enhance your results. The key is to keep your abs, core, arms, back, glutes, and leg muscles engaged throughout the entire exercise.

Watch the video for a quick demonstration of how to do a side plank.

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