Auburn Fit1 would like to thank Kayla Bassett for demonstrating her beautiful side plank. Kayla performs this exercise and holds it for a minute and 15 seconds with her goal being to eventually, reach a full 2 minutes!
The side plank is a static exercise that strengthens the abdominals, back and shoulders. Increasing isometric strength is important in stabilizing the trunk and can be beneficial for daily activities as well as various sports and other exercises.
To perform this exercise, lie on your side, in a straight line from head to feet, resting on your forearm. Your elbow should be directly under your shoulder. With your abdominals contracted (gently), lift your hips off the floor, maintaining a straight line from head to toe. Keep your hips and shoulders squared (stacked) and your neck in alignment with your spine.
Begin by holding for 20 to 40 seconds and build up to 1-2 minutes, repeat on the opposite side.