Have you been looking for another way to challenge your midsection? The Side plank, or as its also called ‘the oblique lift’, could be for you. Not only does it test your core on a different plane, it also requires good shoulder stability.
1. Start by lying on your side, with the lower arm resting on its elbow. Make sure the elbow is directly below the line of the shoulder, otherwise this joint will be put in a stressful position.
2. Have both feet and hips in a long straight line.
3. While staying square to the floor, use your elbow and top hand to place pressure into the floor so you can lift your top hip towards the ceiling. (it helps to think if a puppet string pulling you up from the hip)
4. Once the hip is lifted, lower it back down with control, rest, take a breath and repeat hopefully 10 times.
5. An advanced version of this is to only use the elbow to lift the body without the support of the top hand.
As always what has been suggested is general information and doesn’t take into account an individual’s limitations or needs. Seek a medical opinion to see if this exercise is appropriate for you.
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