Lets Talk Plank

With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner and summer right around the next corner, lets supplement our 30 Day Squat Challenge with some core exercises for a bikini ready bod!

Personally, I cheat my abs most of the year until it’s close to bikini season. I often just throw in a few core/ab exercises at the end of my workouts most of the year since I spend way too much time on the cardio and upper body routines. However, this year I’ve tried to be better to my core by starting earlier. I started a “honeymoon abs” routine with my husband a few weeks ago so I’ve done a lot of abs research and Pinterest-ing lately. Abs is one of those muscle groups with tons of mixed research about “how much” and “how often” is right for flat chiseled abs. Personally, I’ve decided that 5 times a week is right for me. Your core can be targeted more often than other muscle groups, but your “rest” days are just as essential as the abs training days! Choose between 3-5 times per week based on your fitness level.

We can review different abs circuits and try various challenges in the near future to prepare for summer. For now, lets talk about the BEST core/ab exercise there is….. THE PLANK!

The Plank is one of my favorite exercises. Not because it’s easy, but because it gets the best results! Research suggests that planks are better than crunches because they target your entire core- the surface muscles, the deeper muscles, the obliques, your arms, legs, and your lower back!

So if you don’t already incorporate planks into your workouts, NOW is the time to start. If you already plank, I encourage you to work on holding them longer! If you only do the traditional high planks and low planks, I challenge you to try some variations! Side planks, knee twist planks, rotation planks, elevated planks, leg lift planks! Plank it up!

What’s your plank baseline? What’s the average amount of time you can CURRENTLY hold a plank with proper form? Share your stats with me so that we can push and challenge one another to a stronger core!