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How should I do the side plank exercise?

To perform the side plank exercise, following these instructions:

Preparation

  1. Lie on one side with feet and legs stacked on top of each other and forearm on ground.

Movement

  1. Draw abs in, activate glutes and brace.
  2. Lift hips and legs off the ground until the body forms a straight line from head to toe, resting on forearm and feet.
  3. Hold for one to two seconds.
  4. Slowly lower body to the ground
  5. Switch sides and repeat as instructed.
Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Here's how to do the side plank exercise:
1. Lie on your side and brace your core muscles.

2. Raise yourself up on the side of one foot and your elbow.

3. Raise your trunk off the floor. Do not let your middle sag. Squeeze your obliques. (The obliques are the muscles that cover the sides of your body.)

4. Hold for 30 seconds and increase the hold to two minutes as you improve. Alternatively, you can hold for ten seconds and repeat ten times.
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