Featured Exercise: Rotating Plank

Jul 3, 2019

The rotating plank is an absolute game changer for those looking to up their core strength. As discussed in our previous core training article, the most efficient way of training the muscles responsible for trunk strength and stability is through isometric contractions involved in spinal stabilization movements.

This exercise does just that, packing both anti-extension and anti-rotation benefits. You should feel your entire midsection light up when performing these, especially your obliques, which play a huge role in preventing and aiding in trunk lateral flexion and rotation.

Here’s how to:

  • Set up in a plank position with your elbows underneath your shoulder blades and your feet about shoulder-width apart. You may start with your feet slightly wider to get a feel for the movement, and bring them in as needed to increase difficulty.
  • Engage your hips by tucking your tailbone in towards your belly button (posterior pelvic tilt)
  • Keep your ribs down and back flat.
  • Brace your core and slowly open up to either side, making sure to move your body as a whole unit. Aim to keep your bottom ribs ‘connected’ to the top of your pelvis. 
  • As you return, lightly tap the ground with your forearm before rotating again. Aim for 6-10 reps per side.
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Barbara M.

Barbara is a strength coach for females looking to get stronger, both online and in person at Barbell Strength. Her primary focus is to help clients increase general strength and improve body composition through coaching that meets each client where they’re at. Click here to find out more about working with Barbara.