In this video, I wanted to go through a modification or a tweak that you can do if it’s painful or if you have shoulder pain when doing the side plank.
Side Plank Tweaks If You Have Shoulder Pain
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I get Donnalee to demonstrate the exercise.
Regular Full Length Side Plank
With this side plank, a lot of people will report that it is painful on their shoulders and it bothers their shoulders. One thing that you can do is modify the plank.
Side Plank (1st Modification)
The second modification that you can do is lifting the legs up and then lifting the upper body up as well and back down. Again, lifting the legs and lifting the upper body up and back down. That’s kind of a side plank.
Side Plank (2nd Modification)
The negative thing with this is since you are doing a side crunch movement; it puts a little bit more stress on the lower back. If you have lower back issues, you need to be cautious of this modification. But you are helping one area like the shoulder and you put a little bit more stress on the other area like the back.
There you go! If you are having shoulder pain when performing the side plank, that’s a quick modification that you can do; lying on the side, crossing the legs, lifting the legs or even progressing to lifting the legs and the upper body.
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