The first time I heard of plank workouts, I thought they might be a waste of time. Planks over 10 seconds allow you to “cheat,” so you’re not only using your core- your shoulders, legs, biceps, booty, everything starts to kick in when the abs quit. Then I realized that instead of thinking of it as a “core only” exercise, I should remember that it can then be used as a total-body exercise, sculpting and strengthening all of the major muscle groups. Planks are by far, one of the most functional and effective exercises. They target your transverse abdominis, which is the muscle that will pull your waist in like a corset. They’re functional because- guess what?!- you’re in a plank position for much of the day.
So how about joining me for a 4-minute plank session?
I do the full workout in the video, along with some modifications for those who would like to modify.
Here’s a list so you know what to expect:
-Classic plank: 30 seconds
-Saw: 30 seconds
-Right side: leg lift and kick 1 minute
-Plank with hip drops: 30 seconds
-Up and downs: 30 seconds
-Left side: leg lift and kick 1 minute
There’s some music (the lovely iMovie variety) so you don’t have to listen to random stories or huffing and puffing, but feel free to mute and listen to your own music with the workouts!
As always, take a break or modify when you need to, and check with a doc before making any fitness changes <3
Let’s do it!
How’d it go?
Winter Shape Up: leave a comment to check in for today’s workout and enter today’s giveaway, courtesy of Physique 57. My lovely friends at P57 offered the winner of today’s giveaway a code to access all of their online classes for FREE. It’s an incredible resource to try out one of my favorite workouts, especially if you don’t have a studio nearby. I’ve done a few of the online workouts and they make my thighs and core cry for mercy. Bonus: they have prenatal workouts, too.
(You can find the workout for today and the hill portion on the intro page; the Stairmaster workout has been added, too! )
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Hope you love the ab burner! <3