It’s been a few weeks since we last posted a Workout Wednesday, so we’re going to ease back into things with this simple side plank.  Check out the how-to and be sure to let us know what’ you’d like to see next!

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Benefits: This exercise is a quick way to strengthen your obliques anytime and anywhere (even while on vacation, as seen here!). 

Step 1:

Position yourself in a side plank. Make sure that your arm is under your shoulder (pressing your forearm into the mat) and that your feet are stacked up on top of each other. Keep your weight evenly distributed between your upper body and your feet.

Step 2:

Lift the top leg up, then bring it back down.

Repeat 6 to 8 times.

Step 3:

Return to full plank, then rotate to the other side and repeat steps 1-2.

Honest Tip: Keep hips high and shoulder blade lifted while in a side plank. This will keep your obliques engaged the whole time.

~Leila, FitPilates

Leila Cunningham is a Certified Pilates Instructor based in Los Angeles, California. When she isn’t sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates at her studio, she’s spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. For more fitness tips and easy exercises, check out her YouTube channel.

This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for health advice. Before undertaking any course of exercise, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.

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