Your obliques, the two sets of abdominal muscles on either side of your torso, can be toned and strengthened with the weighted side plank. Here’s how to perform this exercise correctly:
1. Start on your right side in a side plank position.
Your body should be braced so that your right forearm is flat on the floor and your hips are raised so that your torso is perpendicular to the ground. With your left arm by your side and parallel to the floor, hold a dumbbell in that hand.
2. As you exhale, draw your abdominals up toward your spine.
Your torso is stabilized by this. Lift your left arm slowly up to the ceiling. Your arm should now be at your side.
3. One rep, done.
Ten repetitions, then switch to the other side.
You get it? Once you’ve finished these ab exercises, give it a try as a finisher.