Perfecting Your Side Plank

A fit young man on a yoga mat does a side plank in a brightly lit and white yoga studio.

One of the best ways to work your obliques is with the side plank pose. Our obliques are the largest muscle in our abdomen and they help us move side to side and twist our torso, as well as support our back and posture.

Like many fitness moves, the side plank is multidimensional. It’s a great way to strengthen your core, but that’s not all it does. Side plank works out your arms and shoulders while also improving your balance. Coach Josh Graham from Graham Wellness shows us how to get the most out of this pose with the proper placement of shoulders, hips, and legs.

Not sure you’re ready to take this move on? Coach Josh also discusses various supported positions to start with before working your way up to the full side plank pose.