Have You Tried Plank Hip Dips? How To Add The Core Move To Your Routine
If you're looking for a simple exercise that's sure to fire up your whole body, look no further than planks with hip dips. This strengthening move kicks your standard plank up a notch, particularly targeting the obliques, and while it is a bit more challenging than your average plank, it's suitable for novices and gym-pros alike. Here's how to do it, plus tips, modifications, and more.
How to do plank hip dips:
- Come into a forearm plank position with your shoulders stacked over your wrists.
- Engage your core while pressing your forearms and hands into the mat, keeping your low back stable.
- With control, dip your hips to one side, then use your obliques to bring you back to the starting position. Complete this movement on the other side. Repeat for 30 to 60 seconds.
According to Pilates instructor Sarah Brooks, it's crucial to keep your shoulders still and stable throughout this move. "The movement initiates from the hips and obliques," she says, adding that it's important not to dip below shoulder height.
"You want to lift from your waist (or obliques) up toward the sky—up and over, similar to the shape of a rainbow—to the other side," she explains.
Modifications and variations:
Planks with hip dips and side planks
You can add side planks onto your forearm planks with hip dips (as pictured below) for a bit of an extra challenge. Here's how.
- Follow the instructions above for your forearm plank with hip dips.
- On your fourth hip dip, press into one forearm, then peel the opposite arm toward the sky, coming into a side plank. Hold for a breath, then repeat on the other side.
Standard forearm planks
If your shoulders aren't quite strong enough to keep you stable, Brooks says it is always best to hold a forearm plank, and then tackle the hip dip when you're ready.
- Start on all fours, then bring your forearms to the mat.
- Extend your legs out, and lift your body up.
- Pull your belly button toward the spine, press your forearms into the ground, press your shoulders down to your hips, and squeeze the glutes. This helps engage the whole body.
Add them to your routine.
Looking to incorporate planks with hip dips into your next workout? Try this five-minute Pilates HIIT workout:
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, a registered yoga instructor, and an avid astrologer and tarot reader. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from State University of New York at Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.