Plank your way to strong abs

A strong core is key to helping your body move more effectively. Having a strong core is important for good balance, stability and flexibility - all important parts of any exercise routine. Plank exercises not only work your abdominals, they work your entire core.

The plank is one of the best exercises because it tightens the deepest core muscles and with so many varieties of the plank this routine will keep your body guessing. Try and push through each exercise for 30 seconds, followed by a 5 second rest and go for 3 rounds. Your Abs will feel on FIRE - in a good way! I would often add a routine like this onto the end of a Daily HIIT session to give my Abs a good workout Exercise 1 - Plank jacks Start in plank position on your elbows and with feet together. Jump your legs outwards as I you were doing a jumping jack and then jump back together. Remember to engage your core to take any pressure off your lower back. Exercise 2 - Up and down planks Start in plank position on your elbows. Holding a nice flat plank raise onto your hands and then back to elbows. Be sure to alternate what elbow you lead with, try right elbow down first for 3 times then switch to left. Exercise 3 - Spiderman Planks Start in plank position on your elbows and then bend your right knee up towards your shoulder, repeat with left knee. Exercise 4 - Reverse Plank with leg raise Roll over so your hands are holding you up and front of body facing the ceiling. Raise your butt off the floor and start with both legs our straight. Raise your right leg then place down, follow with your left leg. Ensure you lift your backside upwards engaging your glutes so you don't dip down to floor. Check out the video below. Enjoy, Han x

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