Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Exercise: Side Plank

Having mastered the plank last week, Stickie has progressed to the side plank, which will strengthen her obliques.  She begins lying on her side on the mat with her lower hand underneath her shoulder.  She can choose whether she prefers to have her feet one in front of the other or stacked on top of each other.  Either way, she will end up resting on the sides of her feet when she presses away from the ground by straightening her lower elbow.  She keeps her shoulder stacked over her wrist on the weight-bearing side and her body in a nice straight line from the top of her head to the soles of her feet.  Like the plank, the side plank is an endurance exercise:  she will stay up in the position as long as she can keep good form and then repeat on the other side.

As a variation, Stickie can raise herself up with her forearm on the mat perpendicular to her body if her wrist prefers that position.  When Stickie wishes to make the pose more difficult, she extends her upper arm and/or upper leg toward the ceiling.

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