Tired of doing crunches to work your core? The plank is a phenomenal exercise that gives you the option of doing something other than a crunch to work your abs.
This three-minute plank workout takes advantage of how variable the plank can be while still pushing you to work hard and strengthen your core.
Here’s what the workout looks like. Each plank variation is held for 30 seconds:
Planks are great for working the abs, and the elbow plank is harder on the abs than the traditional plank in push-up position.
– Plank with leg raises
This variation of plank called side plank leg lift targets your shoulders, waist, abs, back, outer thighs, and glutes.
– Side plank on right arm
– Side plank on left arm
Balance on the left hand and the outside edge of the left foot with the body in one straight line. Raise the right arm and leg in the air.
– Spiderman Planks
In plank, bring your knee to your elbow and then alternate sides. This counts as one rep. If this is too challenging, just lift leg open to the side.
If you need to take a break during one of the planks, just place your knees on the ground and rest for a bit, then once you’re ready go back into the plank.