This exercise is designed to strengthen the side abdominal muscles in addition to the chest, shoulders and triceps.
- Start by lying on the mat in a regular push up position. You should be face down on the mat with arms bent at your sides, palms flat on the mat.
- Exhale and push into a regular push up position. Make sure to keep your abs engaged and back straight.
- Once you have fully extended your arms without locking the elbows, lift one arm out to the side and twist your body sideways into a side plank so that you are reaching towards the ceiling. Return to regular push up position and finish regular push up for one rep.
- Recommended reps: 10-12. You can increase the number of reps as you progress. For added difficulty, carry dumbbells in each hand (use round ended dumbbells to work the core)