Watch the video below to see a demonstration of proper form and technique for the side plank exercise. You can also check out some more abs exercise videos or find exercises for other muscle groups.

Instructions for Side Plank

To perform a set of side plank:

  1. Starting Position

    Lie on your right side with your elbow under your shoulder, trunk in a neutral position and your legs fully extended.

  2. Concentric Motion

    Squeeze your obliques and push into the ground with the outside of your right foot to raise your body off the ground. Your body should be supported by your right elbow and right foot only. It is important to have alignment of your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.

  3. Top position

    Continue squeezing your abdominals and keeping your legs extended for as long as described or until you can no longer maintain the alignment of your body. If you are unable to start in a neutral position, it is recommended to do an easier variation first.

  4. Top position cont'd

    Remember to breathe normally throughout the entire movement.

  5. End position

    Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have completed the desired number of side plank repetitions.

This completes one set of side plank.