Pilates exercises – The Side Plank

What does this exercise do?

The side plank exercise engages the core muscles. It specifically helps to strengthen the obliques, quadratus lumborum, transverse abdominus and rectus abdominus muscles. It also works the glute meidus and minimus muscles.

Pilates exercise side plank
Pilates side plank


Elbow bent and directly underneath your shoulder. Keeping your shoulders, hips and knees in a diagonal line. Knees bent so your feet are tucked behind you. Raise your hips into a side plank position.

Variations and progressions

  • Legs out straight
  • Arm rotations
Kneeling side plank
Kneeling side plank

If you are unsure whether this exercise is suitable for you, you should always seek professional medical advice.

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