Crank up your core workout - 6 Plank Variations to Challenge You

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Having a strong core is more than just looking good in your bathing suit. Feeling strong and stabilized translates to every other exercise including weight lifting, running and spots. These plank variations are great for increasing core strength while toning up the shoulders when you're ready to take your practice to the next level. Make sure you can already complete a 1 minute regular plank before moving on to these options.  Plank Shoulder Taps Begin in a plank position on the hands. Slowly lift one hand off the ground to tap the opposite shoulder, and return to start. Continue alternating hands keeping hips and shoulders square to the ground. Repeat for 20 total reps. Plank Up and Downs Begin in a plank position on forearms, keeping your core engaged, push up onto one hand, and then the other so you are...
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