Planks build strength in your core, shoulders, and your back. This version of a plank and arm-raise, using a resistance band, challenges you more in that it shifts your center of gravity. The band also works your shoulders more than a traditional plank.
- Hold a resistance band with one end in each hand, allowing some slack
- Get into a push-up position, keep your body straight (avoid lifting your bottom into the air, forming a “v” with your body. My form in this video could use a little adjusting.).
- Once you are stable, move one of your arms back and behind you (as seen in the video below).
- Return the hand to the starting position.
- Repeat 10-12 times.
- That is one set- work towards completing three sets of at least 30 seconds or 10 reps each.
- If you find you can repeat the movement many times without difficulty- great! Increase the resistance of the band to continue building strength.
- You can also lift the opposite leg as the arm you are lifting. So, in this video, my right arm is raised, I could also lift my left leg and hold the position for several seconds.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.