I was wondering how do people say "lay on one side" in Spanish. I need it as an imperative to use at gym or something(not while you're sleeping). I searched "tumbarse a un lado" but couldn't find any specific result.

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You can use different approaches:

Tumbarse de lado

Tumbarse del lado derecho / izquierdo

Acostarse de lado

Acostarse del lado derecho / izquierdo

Since "acostarse" has the connotation of laying for a long time, you can also use the verb "recostar", which means Acostarse durante un breve período de tiempo - laying for a short period which is more related to what you would do in a gym.

As an imperative it would be:

Túmbate (tú) / túmbese (usted) / tumbaos (vosotros) ...

Acuéstate / acuéstese / acostaos ...

Recuéstate / recuéstese / recostaos ...

  • Perhaps worth pointing out in case any Hispanophones use this to translate in the other direction is that @fedorqui has translated lie on one side not lay. However, no harm done as that is probably what the OP meant. I lie on my side but I would lay you down on your side.
    – mdewey
    Jun 3, 2016 at 20:54

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