This is How We Plank!
I heard many of you enjoyed the Members Core video I sent! So, I thought it would be good to continue focusing on the core but to take it in a bit of a different direction. (If you missed the video, please let me know and I will send it to you again.)
The "plank" is an incredible exercise. Yeah, it's tough to do. That's why it is so effective! While it strengthens and tones the core (those muscles in the front, sides and back of your entire midsection), it also targets other muscles in the body. Shoulders, chest, quads (those muscles in your thighs) and glutes (your bum) are all engaged when doing certain variations of the plank.
Even more awesome, though, you can execute a plank just about anywhere. You need NO equipment except your beautiful body. So when you are on vacation, at the park, in your living room or the gym and want to work your core, pull a plank out of your back pocket! I've even been known to pause in the middle of a walk or jog to plank a little.
Here are several plank variations. Each one will challenge your core a bit differently. My suggestion is to do some planking at least a couple times a week, especially if you have not done much other abdominal and spinal extensor work.