It's March y'all! January seemed like it was going to last forever, but now time feels like it's moving at a pretty swift pace! Aside from allergenic pollen, I'm looking forward to spring, more sunshine and longer days. That also means more fun outfits with crop tops. Although I'm not obsessive with abs, I really want to have a stronger core and slimer waist. Now, there's no doubt that nutrition beats any exercise when it comes to abs; however, I believe one of the most effective exercises is the plank! You can do crunches for days if you'd like to, but I prefer to keep it simple and smart.
Planks safely strengthen your core. Unlike crunches, planks don't require flexion of the spine, so this can reduce back pain. Planks can improve your coordination. Planks don't just focus on your abdominals. They teach your body to work together as a unit so you can be more efficient overall.
I don't dedicate a whole day's workout to abs, but I like to include them at the end of my workout. If you can set aside 5 extra minutes in your workout, you can effectively strengthen those muscles.
Proper Plank Form:
Engage Your Core | Keep a Straight Back | Keep Your Hips Up | Squeeze Your Glutes | Elbows Under Your Shoulders.
Here's a great workout for you to try! First, get familiar with the basic forms of planks : high plank and low plank. Then perform each move for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. The time will total to 2 minutes. Take it up a notch and repeat the circuit 3 times.
Plank Shoulder Taps | Commandos | Spider Planks | Superman Planks
If your arms happen to give out, it's okay! Trust me, it happens and I usually end up laughing at myself. Just take a few seconds off, then get back to it!