Side plank is, yes, you guessed it, a little modified version of the regular version. This workout targets not only the abdominals but also the side of the abs, also known as the obliques.
Why did I say that we will pose like Cleopatra? Well, that is how the starting pose is like! You lie on your side, looking very much like the last Pharaoh of Egypt. You will see exactly what I mean in a while.
I love doing side planks! Absolutely love them. I have a weakness for exercises that work well when you keep still. Simply because you don't do anything but your muscles are working.
Sadly, the most effective exercises require us to move quite a bit. Until there is a "static exercise" breakthrough, I will do every single exercise that I talk about on Exercise For Beginners.
This pose is so similar to portrayals of Cleopatra, don't you agree?
Focus on balancing your weight on your elbow and feet. You should be able to get the hang of it after a few tries of this workout.
Remember, this is just a rough gauge. You can choose to hold the position for a shorter or a longer period of time.
Remember to make sure that your shoulders, hips and feet are in a straight line. Raising your hips too high will lower the effectiveness of the exercise, and cause unwanted strains.
Since you will be focusing on your balance and counting the seconds, be sure not to hold your breath.
While some might be comfortable doing it on the floor, I strongly suggest doing it on a mat. It can get quite uncomfortable for you elbows.
Also if you perspire, which you might, you tend to slip if you are not carrying out the exercise on a mat.
You can challenge yourself and see how much longer you can hold each position for. Again, I remind you not to overdo it. Listen to your body.
Take some time and put your exercise mat to good use. You might enjoy this exercise. A useful tip that I can offer you is to play some music while you're doing this workout to help you lose track of time.
Having relaxing music can be a great distraction, so you feel tired much later.
So give it a go and tell me how it goes.
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