6 Of The Best Ab Exercises That Will Not Hurt Your Back

2. Side planks

Also known as an Isometric Side Hold, side planks are similar to planks but from new angles and with focus on your obliques or “love handles”.

How to do them: Lie on your side on the mat or floor with legs stacked, one atop the other. Raise your torso up off the floor and plant your elbow directly below your shoulder. Your opposite arm can rest on your side. Now straighten your body and hold this position as long as you can. Be sure to switch sides and perform side planks on both sides equally. Try increasing your “hold” time each time you do this exercise.
How to do side planks

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