Side Plank: Muscles Worked & Technique

Side plank exercise technique

Muscles Worked in the Side Plank

Muscles worked in the side plank exercise

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do the Side Plank

  • Stand on your side, leaning against one elbow.
  • Place the foot of the top leg in front of the other foot.
  • Brace your core, and try to form and hold a straight line from your head to feet.


The side plank is a bodyweight exercise to strengthen your obliques. The exercise can be made more challenging by placing your elbow or feet on an unstable surface (such as a Bosu ball, balance board, or in suspended rings).

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