Planks are one of those power moves that targets multiple muscle groups and tones and tightens everything you want it to. Need sculpted shoulders for tank top season? Plank. Want a toned core? Plank. Wishing for cut arms? Plank. Dreaming of tightening your tush? Plank. You get the picture.
This workout is only ten minutes but it will leave your whole body burning. And if you are able to get through an entire ten minute circuit holding a plank while performing these variations, then I’m sure you already have the toned, tight, strong areas I just discussed. But if you can’t, no problem-o. Simply sit back on your heels with arms extended front (in a child’s pose position) when you need a break and then get right back in to it. Complete one minute for each variation.
Forearm plank with up-and-down hip raises (tuck your seat and engage your core – belly button to spine).
Forearm plank with alternating hip taps. Tap your right hip to the ground, keep your seat lifted as you come back to the center, then tap your left hip to the ground.
Forearm plank rocking back and forth. Rock your body front to back, all while keeping your core engaged and back straight.
Walking plank. Start on your forearms and push up with your right arm to a straight arm plank, then come back down to a forearm plank. Repeat pushing up with your left arm.
Forearm plank side lifts. Making sure your grounded elbow is directly under your shoulder, lift your hips in up-and-down pulses for 30 seconds, then flip to the other side and complete another 30 seconds.
Straight arm plank in to spider lunge. Draw one leg up and in to the side of your body, come back in to the original plank position then alternate the other leg.