How To Do A Plank and Plank Variations
One of my favorite abs and core exercises is the Plank, and actually I do believe it is one of the best exercise for abs (with many, many catches and fine print).
Well, let me clarify. One of my favorite exercises to make OTHER people do is the Plank. Personally, I don’t like them because they’re hard. But I do them anyway because they’re just too good of an exercise to leave out of a good program…no matter what the goal is.
But the big thing about Planks is that you have to do them correctly.
DUH!!! I know that’s a stupid statement, but I can probably count on one hand the number of new clients I’ve trained who have done Planks properly right out of the gate.
And to be totally honest, they’re an exercise that are pretty easy to cheat – if you’re not paying attention.
So I created a video on how to properly do a plank and you can check it out below:
How To Do A Plank Exercise (Core Workout)
Another important thing to consider when doing Planks is that as you get better, you need to make them harder and to do that you need to try a different Plank variation.
Why? Because holding a plank position is all well and good, but it gets boring, and you have to progressively work your abs and core if you want to see improvement – and holding it for 10-20 seconds longer each week has to have an end point…do you really want to hold a plank position for 2 minutes or more? Hells to the no.
If you’re a total beginner, you might have to start off from your knees, and work yourself up to your toes – and that’s totally fine.
However, anytime you can hold a Plank position for around 45 seconds, you should try out a different variation.
To combat that, I also created a video with a few different Plank variations from beginner to advanced and you can also check that video out below:
Plank and Core Workout Variations
Are planks great? Yep. Are they a great abs exercise? Absolutely. Can they be overrated? Yes, especially if your form is out of whack and you don’t try different types of the exercise.
If you have any questions about Planks, or anything else regarding workouts or nutrition, don’t hesitate to ask or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Have a great day!
P.S. – I believe that Planks are one of the very best abs exercises around. They work so much muscle and really strengthen your core – which is weak on the overwhelming majority of people – that they MUST be done. I include lots of different Plank variations, as well as many other full body abs exercises and core exercises in my Fat Loss To Go program. To get started today, head here