The side plank is one of the best ab exercises because it helps your body frame your midsection.
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Best Ab Exercises:
The Side Plank For
Six Pack Abs And A Flat Stomach

The side plank is one of the best ab exercises because it helps your body frame your midsection. When you look at a picture, the frame sets the tone for how you are supposed to interpret the picture. So, if your obliques and stabilizer muscles aren’t tone and are flabby, even though you might have decent ripped abs, it won’t be perceived as well as it should be.

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The side plank focuses on your stabilizer and obliques muscles to help make your abs stand out better, which is why this is one of the best ab exercises you can do. The more tone these areas are, the stronger your balance will be and the better your midsection will look.

How To Do The Exercise

1. Start by lying on your right side. Support your upper body by resting on your right forearm, and place your left hand on your hip. Make sure your legs are stacked on top of each other with the left one on top of the right.

2. Lift up your hips so your body forms a straight line from your head to your feet and keep abs flexed.

3. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds, the ultimate goal should be 60 seconds.

4. Return to the starting position. You should try to hold this position 3-4 times. Then exercise the other side.

Tips

1. Keep your head straight. Don’t let gravity let your head droop down towards your shoulder. In order to perform these core exercises correctly you need to keep your neck straight to keep your body in that perfect straight line.

2. You need some type of timer, preferably on the wall so you don’t have to move your head during the exercise. Also, do not watch the clock as your body will make it seem like the position is being held for too long.

3. Remember to keep your abs flexed the whole time. The longer you can hold this static position, the more effect this best core ab exercise will have for your flat stomach and six pack abs.

Extra Six Pack Abs Tip

In order to get the most out of these best ab exercises, make your main goal having your six pack abs flexed as tightly as you can. This could lower the amount of time you stay on each side, but it will tire out your stabilizer muscles just the same. Continue to have the 60 second mark as your goal, but don’t worry if your original time is lower than 30 seconds. Just make sure your six pack abs can’t be flexed any harder the whole time you’re in the side plank position.

Extra Flat Stomach Tip

Working the stabilizer muscles takes a lot of balance. If you have problems keeping your six pack abs flexed during these best ab exercises, go ahead and focus on doing The Plank instead of this exercise. The plank helps you increase the abdominal strength needed to perform this exercise.

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