Your Body Will Plank You After This Core Workout

After reading my previous blog post, one of my fellow bloggers, Laura, pointed out to me that there is yet another great exercise to strengthen your core: the PLANK.

Usually I do include it in my regular workout; however, when I REALLY started thinking about it, I realized that I normally stick to a basic plank or a side plank. This is kind of silly, not because they are not good enough, but there is a great variety of planks that can benefit your body even more!

So what is the plank?

planking

Alright, maybe it’s not that simple, it’s a WORKOUT after all!

I know that it might sound too good to be true, but this exercise can pretty much tone your ENTIRE body. By doing different variations of this basic move, you can target your arms, back, core, legs, and booty. WHOA!

I found the following picture on Pinterest, which I think is pretty cool because you can see different types of a plank.

Plank you

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When doing variations of the basic plank, remember to:

  • make sure that your shoulders are stacked over your elbows and your body is in one straight line

When doing variations of the raised plank, don’t forget to:

  • lie flat on the floor, place your hands beneath your shoulders, and then push up
  • maintain a straight line between your toes and shoulders

When doing variations of the basic side plank, it’s important to:

  • lie on your side with your legs straight, then prop yourself up with your forearm so your body forms a diagonal line. Rest your other hand on your hip

This is what I did for my plank workout (repeat 2 or 3 times):

  1. Basic plank: 1 minute
  2. Basic plank with raised leg: each leg x 30 seconds
  3. Basic plank with raised arm: 5 reps each arm x 5 seconds
  4. Basic plank with both leg and arm raised: 5 reps each side x 5 seconds

And here is my take on a new type of plank: THE BELLA PLANK

Planking with Bella

*I knew you would love it!*

What are your favorite plank types? How do your incorporate the plank in your workout?

xoxo
Olena

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31 responses to “Your Body Will Plank You After This Core Workout

  1. Planks for the win! :). I think I’ll try all of them today!

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  3. hey, I enjoyed this read. For an added challenge you can also add in hip dips on the side planks, and on the front planks you can crunch your elbow and knee together…

  4. i’m a big plank fan! this is the one exercise i’ll always do after i run, if i’m too short on time to fit anything else in. i like to go for time (stop watch on my phone comes in quite handy) and alternate every minute between elbows, hands, right and left sides. it’s fun to see the progress over time!

    • Oh yes, the progress is indeed a great motivator! I also find that doing the plank right after running brings the benefits of the workout (and sweating haha!) to a whole new level.

      Yesterday I somewhat forced my friend to plank on my kitchen floor! She told me she wants to start to workout, but finds it difficult to get motivated, so I figured I’d show her the first step. Haha! At least it was fun 😀

      xoxo
      Olena

  5. Nataly

    THE BELLA PLANK is the BEST!! 🙂

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  7. absgoldberg

    i came here for the puppy (was not disappointed) but those plank variations are great too!

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  9. I think I prefer that cat’s version of the plank. ^_^ lol

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  24. Jim

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!

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