Plate side bends are a strength training exercise that targets the oblique muscles, which are located on the sides of the abdomen.
To perform a plate side bend:
- Stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a weight plate in one hand. Keep your core engaged and your back straight throughout the exercise.
- Slowly bend to the side, lowering the weight plate towards your hip while keeping your feet and upper body facing forward.
- Pause briefly at the bottom of the movement and then slowly straighten back up to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions and then switch sides and repeat the exercise with the other arm.
It is important to keep your movements slow and controlled and to engage your core throughout the exercise to maximize the benefits. You can also vary the difficulty of the exercise by using a heavier weight plate or holding the plate with both hands. Make sure to use proper form and to avoid over-extending your back or leaning too far forward to maintain balance.