One of the most common mistakes people make when they set off on a mission to uncover a sculpted six pack is thinking that sit-ups are the answer. While sit-ups do serve a purpose, and can assist in building strength, planking is actually a far more effective way to smash your ab goals. Why? While sit-ups target the rectus abdominals and oblique’s, planking engages almost every muscle in the entire body, which means double the toning and double the calorie burn. But if you’re growing tired of the same old plank, here’s a few variations you can use to shake up your plank up.
Get into a push-up position and rest your forearms on the floor, placing your weight in the heels of your hands. Draw your belly button up toward your spine, keeping your back flat and butt down and push up onto your toes.
Get into a plank position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Brace your core, keeping your back flat and jump your feet in and out.
Get down into a plank position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Bend and pull one knee up toward your chest then place back down and repeat on the opposite leg.
Get into a plank position with your hands directly underneath your elbows. Transfer your weight one arm at a time down to your forearms, then back up onto the heel of your hands and repeat.
Plank to Arabesque (advanced)
Get into a plank position with your hands directly underneath your shoulders. Drive your weight back into the heel of one foot and extend the opposite leg into an arabesque. Repeat on the other leg.
We compiled these excises into one neat little video for you to help you out!
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