Pushup With Side Plank

What it does:

Push-ups are a classic strengthening exercise that targets the chest, shoulders and triceps. Adding the side plank creates a new level of midsection stabilization involvement, while also ramping up the challenge for your arms and shoulders.

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Step 1:

Start in push-up position, with your hands on the floor just underneath your shoulders

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Step 2:

With your ˙house for a mouse” fully engaged throughout the movement, slowly lower your body down toward the floor
until your arms form a 90-degree angle, and then push back up.

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Step 3:

As you return to the starting position, shift your weight to your right hand as you slowly lift your left hand off the floor, out to your left side.
Rotate your torso and hips, shoulders and hips stacked on top of each other so that your belly button is facing directly forward.

 

Beginners:

  • If you’re not quite strong enough to do a full push-up and side plank, you can perform the entire movement on your knees.
  • You can also modify the side plank by resting on your elbows instead of your hands.

Advanced:

  • Add a leg extension to the top of the move: So as you form the ˙T” in your side plank, instead of keeping both feet on the floor, lift the top foot up and extend it slightly toward the ceiling, and you’ll start to form more of an ˙X” formation.

 

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