Only have time to do one exercise?
Make it a plank.
When you plank, you engage all of the muscles of the abdomen, the chest, and the low body. While increasing static strength in the whole body, you also forge mental fortitude as you push yourself to hold planks for longer each time. Doing planks regularly can help improve your posture, develop core strength that will translate into gains in your other fitness endeavors, and they make you feel like a super strong beast!
Another reason the plank is such a great exercise is that it is nearly endlessly modifiable. It can be made easier for beginners and more challenging for advanced exercisers. It can be done in multiple planes, thereby working the front, back, and side body depending on the variation. The videos below include options for modifying each plank to your ability level.
Don’t believe me? Grab a yoga mat or get to a rug or carpet, and let’s get going.
All levels: Complete 3 circuits
If you’re a beginner, I suggest starting with 30 seconds per plank, with 30 seconds rest.
If you’re an intermediate, go for 45 seconds per plank, 30 seconds rest.
Advanced? Give yourself a challenge: 1 minute per plank, 30 seconds rest.
The best part about this circuit is that you can do it every day. You can do it in front of the TV. You can challenge your kids to do it with you. You can do it in your regular clothes, and you won’t need a shower afterwards.
Go ahead. Give yourself 10 minutes and get your plank on!
Let me know how it went for you!
P.S. I’ll be back next week with another plank workout. You’re going to love it.