Last week, one of our Burn The Fat Inner Circle members asked me for details about how to do the side plank exercise correctly. I wish I could have just sent her a link to a simple instructional video, but it appears that most of the side plank exercise videos offer little more guidance than “squeeze your abs, and keep you back straight, etc.” The blatant lack of attention to detail is staggering. So, I decided to film an instructional video offering all the nitty-gritty details about how to do the side plank exercise the right way.
It’s a bit on the long side as I tend to blab a little bit. Though some of you have told me you like the longer videos, and I took the least amount of time that I could justify to explain all the relevant points without turning this into a Hollywood production.
Now, before we begin, I already filmed a detailed instructional video for the front elbow plank exercise: The Right Way to do the Plank Exercise. If you haven’t seen that video yet, then it will help you to internalize the basic techniques of front planking before moving on to the more advanced side plank, and I’d recommend you view it first.
Alrighty, check out the side plank exercise…
How to do the Side Plank Exercise
Join the 5 Minute Plank Club
We’ve got an official challenge going on in the Burn The Fat Inner Circle, where dozens of members are working their way up to a 5 minute plank, and beyond. Two women, affectionately known as the Siffer-ladies, are leading from the front and have worked up to a 20 minute plank sequence (alternating plank positions without resting for the full duration). They have an eye on the Guinness world record of 36:58, which was just set by a 71-year old woman a couple weeks ago.
If you’re not a Burn The Fat Inner Circle member, you can still informally participate in the challenge right here on Physical Living. I’ve created a plank sequence that will help you build up your times gradually. So, go ahead and give the plank or side plank a try, and post your results at the link below…
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P.S. So, how about it – who’s interested in some advanced plank variations?