The Side plank is a great exercise for strengthening the oblique abdominal muscles. Here, I am showing three variations of side plank. Beginners should start with their shin resting on the ground. Once you have mastered the pose here, you can straighten both your legs, but put a little space between them, making a triangle between your two feet and your grounded palm. In the ultimate pose, your feet will be stacked on top of one another. Be careful! It’s a challenge to your balance. 🙂 In all variations, your wrist should be stacked directly under your shoulder, and both arms should be perpendicular with the earth. Ground down through your finger joints rather than dumping into your wrist joint. Try to form a straight line through your spine, drawing your belly button in to engage your core. Hips will stack on top of one another and be slightly lifted. To practice this love and learn others that will help your balance, strength and stability, join her in her Saturday morning beginner class.
– Instructor Meredith Richard