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  • Elizabeth Ellis

    22 Plank Variations: The Best Exercise To Achieve a Strong, Tight Core. I utilize almost all of these in my fitness classes and they WORK!

  • Kelsey Canada

    and times – in my opinion, the plank is THE best abdominal exercise. Our abdominal muscles aren’t just for show. The core impacts so much in our training and our everyday lives. Just as a home needs a solid foundation, our body needs a solid core. And we must start on the inside. The core is divided into a stabilization and a movement system. We can easily believe that jumping into 500 crunches daily will give us a tightened stomach. Sure, crunches will strengthen the movement system of our abdominal muscles…but it won’t get you very far without a strong base. Having a strong stabilization system helps us to use our strength and power in other parts of the body more efficiently and effectively. It also prevents injury, improves posture, and draws the muscles in for a tighter look. Who doesn’t want that? What is one way to challenge those inner core stabilization muscles? You guessed it! Planks! And luckily for all of us, a wide variety of planks exist to keep our bodies guessing – which keeps us challenged and motivated. Below, I have put together a few short videos that showcase some of my favorite plank variations. Enjoy! Elbow Plank Variations   including: elbow plank on knees (beginner plank) elbow plank hip dips in plank position rocking plank plank jacks up/down plank Straight Arm Plank Variations including: straight arm plank straight arm plank with leg lift walking plank spiderman plank plank twist into side plank Side Plank Variations including: side plank on knees (beginner) side plank side plank with hip dips side plank with oblique crunch side plank with oblique twist side plank with leg lift Some other plank options include: reverse planks reverse planks with leg lifts plank with elbows on stability ball (move arms in small circles for added stability challenge!) plank with toes on stability ball plank with one arm dumbbell rows Put a few together for a challenging core workout. Start building a solid foundation, flattening that stomach, and strengthening your body’s movement all in a few minutes. Do you like planks? Which variation is your favorite? What’s the longest you’ve held a plank? You may also like - Back Exercises Quick & Tough Full Body Circuit 30 Instant Ways To Improve Your Health & Fitness Approaching Exercise Guilt A Painful PR: ZOOMA Atlanta Half Marathon Pin it  109 4198share0   Tagged as: abs, exercises, fitness, strength training, workout tips { 52 comments… read them below or add one } 1 Katie @ Raisins&Apples February 2, 2012 at 6:49 am we did side planks with hip dips in my circuit class Tuesday night and I am feeling it this morning! I love all the elbow plank variations, I’ll have to pass that on to some friends at the gym with weak wrists. REPLY 2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 2, 2012 at 6:55 am Love planks! My secret to holding them longer is to play around on twitter or instagram. Time flies when you’re not staring at the clock! REPLY 3 Tara Burner February 2, 2012 at 6:59 am love planks… i used to be able to do it for 7+ mins then injury, hadnt worked out or done anything in months now i’m sadly down to barely 3 mins REPLY 4 tinareale February 2, 2012 at 10:37 am 3 mins is still mighty impressive to me! REPLY 5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 2, 2012 at 7:11 am Pinned!!! I love planks but I barely ever do them. It’s a sad story. I should start making myself do a few minutes every day! REPLY 6 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 2, 2012 at 7:21 am I love planks! I don’t know what’s the longest I’ve held one, but I know I need to start doing them to get my pre pregnancy belly back. Great post! REPLY 7 jana @ newly wife healthy life February 2, 2012 at 7:52 am Wow that could lead to a seriously intense work out! What a great way to mix up a simple plank. It is a great workout, but let’s be honest, you can only hold a standard plank for so long or only want to do so many before you get bored. This gives variety, which I love! REPLY 8 Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) February 2, 2012 at 7:52 am These are great variations! I am always looking for ab movements that will actually make my abs sore – hopefully some of these will fit the bill. REPLY 9 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 2, 2012 at 8:00 am i love planks (although i’m sure i won’t be saying that once i start doing them again post-baby)! REPLY 10 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza February 2, 2012 at 8:21 am

  • April Anderson

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  • Katie Hewson

    22 Plank variations from Best Body Fitness

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