Yoga is known for calming, relaxing and lengthening the muscles. It’s also known for challenging poses and overall conditioning. Today we’re targeting the core muscles with a side plank how-to.
Sometimes the simplest movements provide the best results. And this is certainly the case with planks. More specifically, side planks. To the inexperienced yogi or “planker,” this core exercise might look easy. But once you’re holding the position, shaking arms, a trembling midsection and soreness the next day may take you by surprise.
Side planks are mostly done to improve core strength. In fact, they can be considered one of the best exercises for core conditioning. But let’s not overshadow the other muscle groups involved here – your glutes and hamstrings. This move (and its many variations) has many benefits that can help improve overall fitness. By engaging multiple muscle groups simultaneously, practicing a side plank can provide these benefits:
- Flat and toned tummy
- Improved balance and posture
- Strong back muscles
- Increased flexibility
How to Do a Side Plank: Follow this step by step video. If you’re new to yoga or fitness, stick with the modified version that’s presented first. For advanced options, keep watching! We’ll show you how to make this move a little more challenging.