Planks are a fantastic way to build strength and stability. They are also one of those exercises that you can do without any equipment (and anywhere!), or you can add in weights, or modify and add different movements to challenge different parts of your body. This week’s variation is a simple spin on a traditional plank, and can be done with or without a weight.
- Get into plank position, on your forearms with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Keep your shoulders, back, and bottom in a straight line (avoid curving your back upwards or letting your core drop down).
- You feet should be flexed, with you balancing on your toes.
- Support your weight on one arm, and with the other arm (holding a weight, if using one), reach towards the opposite knee, under your body.
- As you complete the movement, brace your core and aim to maintain stability and not rotate your body. If you find yourself unable to maintain form, either first work on gaining strength without using a weight, or work on traditional planks before shifting to a more difficult variety.
- Return your hand to the starting position and then repeat 12-15 times for one set. Work towards three sets.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.