Welcome back to Fitness Friday!
This week we’ll focus on an ab exercise that I truly feel has toned my abs more than any crunch ever could, the plank.
I feel my abs working deep inside when I do the plank.
How do you do it? The position is easy, the plank is not so easy.
Try to keep your bottom down when doing the plank. If it comes up, you are cheating your abs out of work. There should be pretty much a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders when you are in the plank position.
A tip: I often position a magazine in front of me opened to an interesting page when I do this exercise. Reading the page distracts me from the intense burn that I feel in my abs.
If this position is too difficult, start by doing the same position with your knees on the ground.
I do three sets of one minute of this exercise. I suggest starting with a 15 second hold and working your way to 30 seconds, to 45 seconds, and then to a minute. You’ll feel small stomach muscles working with this exercise that you didn’t even know you had!
Let me know what you think!
Next week we’ll work on our triceps.