Planks are the powerhouse of core fitness but what most people forget is that planks also work your arms, back, butt, legs, chest – you name it. While your core is definitely the main target, planks are a complete-body exercise that tone every part of you. So, plank away!
5 Plank Exercise Variations for a Killer Core Workout
Here are the top 5 plank exercise variations to do that will give you killer abs and a killer bod.
Start with a good ole’ classic plank. If you’re a beginner, you can start this exercise on your knees until you progress and are able to do a plank on your toes. The key is to have your elbows (or hands) directly under your shoulders and lift your entire body up from your hips. Keep your glutes tucked under and straighten your body to target your core muscles, along with many others.
Forearm Plank Push Ups
Forearm plank push ups are exactly how they sound. While in a plank, lower down from your left hand to your left forearm, then your right hand to your right forearm. Then, lift back up to your left hand and then your right hand. Continue alternating and you’ll get in a killer arm and core workout.
Once you’ve perfected the standard plank, you can move onto a single-arm plank. This is the exact same as the standard plank, only you lift your arms in intervals. While in a plank, you lift your left arm and extend it out in front of you, and hold for a couple of seconds. Repeat on the other side and continue alternating.
A single-leg plank is similar to the prior, only with your legs instead of your arms. So, get yourself into a standard plank and raise your left leg off the ground. Hold for a couple of seconds then do the same for your right leg. Continue alternating for an awesome workout for your glutes and core.
The Spiderman plank is a core exercise everyone should have in their fitness regime. When in a plank, lift your left leg and bring it towards the outside of your left elbow, crunching and tucking your stomach at the same time. Return to the plank and do the same for the right side. Continue alternating for an ab-burning workout.
So, start your planks today and you’ll be well on your way to a tighter, toned stomach and a strong core.