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There are many advanced exercises for core strength training that you can do. One of these exercises involves using a side plank. The side plank is a core strength training move that works the muscles along the side of your torso. Here's how to do it:
-Lie on your left side and raise yourself up on your left forearm and the outside edge of your left foot. If this feels too unstable, place your right foot behind you on the floor for balance. For a greater challenge, place your right foot directly on top of your left.
-Keep your hips lifted off the floor so that your right side forms a straight diagonal line from the shoulder to the ankle.
-Pull your torso in and keep your body in a straight line.
-Keep your right arm along your right side, or raise it straight up towards the ceiling.
-Hold for one minute, and then repeat on the other side.
For an advanced exercise to increase core strength, try the plank pose using a balance tool such as the FitBALL® Balance Disc. Follow the steps for a standard plank pose, but place your bottom hand on the disc.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|