Push Up to Side Plank

The push-up to side plank is an upper-body and core-focused exercise combining two popular bodyweight movements. It targets the chest, triceps, and shoulders with the push-up, and the obliques and hip external rotator muscles with the side plank. It can be performed as part of a dynamic warm-up or any bodyweight strength-training workout.


  1. Strengthens the chest, triceps, shoulders, and core
  2. Strengthens the abdominals, mainly targeting the obliques
  3. Improves shoulder and hip stability

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Push Up to Side Plank Instructions

Push Up to Side Plank muscle diagram
  1. Get into pushup position on the toes with your hands just outside of shoulder width.
  2. Perform a pushup by allowing the elbows to flex. As you descend, keep your body straight.
  3. Do one pushup and as you come up, shift your weight on the left side of the body, twist to the side while bringing the right arm up towards the ceiling in a side plank.
  4. Lower the arm back to the floor for another pushup and then twist to the other side.
  5. Repeat the series, alternating each side, for 10 or more reps.