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Side Elbow Plank With Twist

This Plank Variation Will Push Your Abs to Their Limit

Side planks are a great way to work your core, but why not add a twist to spice things up? Adding any kind of motion to a side plank challenges your balance, works your obliques, and tones your shoulders. Needless to say, it's a move you have to try!

  • Start in side elbow plank on your right side, with your feet stacked one on top of the other. Keep your weight on your right elbow with your fingers reaching away from your body.
  • Place your left arm behind your head, and inhale to prepare.
  • Exhale, and pull your navel to your spine and engaging your deep abs. Rotate your left ribcage toward the floor, bringing your left elbow to your right hand.
  • Return to the starting position to complete one rep.
  • Do 10 reps on each side.

Bonus: although this is a strength-training move, this exercise also provides a nice stretch for your upper back!

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rach1007 rach1007 6 years
I like to do a similar move, although instead of bending my elbow down like that, I slide my arm between my body and the floor.
ROSITALUVSWILL ROSITALUVSWILL 6 years
I always wobble when I do side planks. I will try the twist at my own peril ,lol !
nancita nancita 6 years
That looks hard!
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
These hurt!! I can manage about 10 seconds on each side... pitiful!
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
These seem tough!
missyd missyd 6 years
*I am just talking about a regular side plank*
missyd missyd 6 years
this is the one exercise I just CANNOT seem to do...cant keep my balance on a single arm and keep from toppling over. I dont know how people do this so easily
karina2244 karina2244 6 years
I do this a lot w/ pilates -- it's so hard!!
Allytta Allytta 6 years
wow, that one looks very advanced :)
miss-malone miss-malone 6 years
Good one!
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