The Plank Workout That Will Tone Your Abs, Sculpt Your Tush, and Strengthen Your Arms
We don't like to play favorites, but...for planks, we'll make an exception. "They are, without a doubt, the best core exercise there is," says trainer David Kirsch, who works with Kate Upton and Liv Tyler. The harder-than-they-look poses in this workout take it up another notch. Adding movement—like, say, raising an arm off the ground—while holding a plank position increases the challenge to your abs. It also recruits your legs, glutes, back, shoulders, and arms to get in on the action—meaning it can firm you up all over.
Try this routine, created by Kirsch, two or three days a week. Perform 10 to 15 reps of each exercise, moving from one to the next without resting. (If your form starts to slip, raise your hips to give your core a break, or place one knee on the floor for a few seconds. And remember that proper plank form means hands on the floor directly under your shoulders, with your body forming a straight line from head to heels.) Rest for one minute, then repeat the circuit up to four times total.
Video: Quick Burpee, Plank, Pushup, Ab Workout Routine. Free online fitness video.
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