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Side Plank (VERSION 2)

Side Plank (VERSION 2)

The Side Plank (Version 2) is a challenging exercise that targets your core muscles, including your obliques and transverse abdominis. It is an effective variation of the traditional side plank exercise, providing a new stimulus to your muscles and adding variety to your workout routine. To perform the Side Plank (Version 2), you begin by lying on your side with your legs extended and stacked on top of each other. Position your elbow directly under your shoulder and stack your opposite hand on top of your hip. From this starting position, lift your hips off the ground, creating a straight line from your head to your feet. Keep your core engaged and your body stable throughout the exercise. The Side Plank (Version 2) not only strengthens and tones your core muscles but also improves stability and balance. It can help enhance your overall athletic performance and prevent injuries by building a strong foundation. Additionally, this exercise engages the muscles on the sides of your body, contributing to a more defined waistline and improved posture. When incorporating the Side Plank (Version 2) into your workout routine, remember to start with proper form and gradually increase your holding time as you gain strength. It's important to listen to your body and avoid any excessive strain or discomfort. Including this exercise in your fitness regimen a few times a week can lead to noticeable improvements in core strength and overall fitness level. Remember, before starting any new exercise program, it's always a good idea to consult with a fitness professional to ensure it aligns with your specific goals and abilities.

Instructions

  • Start by lying on your side, propping yourself up on your forearm.
  • Make sure your elbow is directly under your shoulder and your forearm is parallel to the front of your mat.
  • Stack your feet on top of each other and engage your core.
  • Lift your hips off the mat, maintaining a straight line from your head to your feet.
  • Keep your neck and spine aligned and avoid letting your hips sink or sag.
  • Hold this position for the desired amount of time, and then repeat on the other side.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise to maintain stability and proper form.
  • Maintain a straight line from your head to your feet, avoiding any sinking or sagging of the hips.
  • Breathe deeply and steadily throughout the exercise to keep oxygen flowing to your muscles.
  • For an added challenge, lift the top leg or place a resistance band around your thighs.
  • Start with shorter hold times and gradually increase the duration as your strength and stability improve.
  • To prevent wrist discomfort, try using a forearm plank variation by resting on your forearms instead of your hands.
  • Focus on your form rather than the duration. It's more effective to perform a proper side plank for a shorter time than to hold a sloppy one for a longer duration.
  • Incorporate side plank variations into your workout routine to target different muscle groups and keep your routine interesting.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Pushing beyond your limits can lead to injury and hinder progress.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated to support your overall fitness goals and enhance your performance during side planks.

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