How to Do Side Plank: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

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

  1. Stand on your side, leaning against one elbow.
  2. Place the foot of the top leg in front of the other foot.
  3. Brace your core, and try to form and hold a straight line from your head to your 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 suspended rings).

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