For the Love of Planks

Since getting back to teaching group fitness classes, I am realizing how much I incorporate planks into the workouts!  Besides the fact that they are excellent for core and shoulder strength, there are also so many ways to switch them up!

Below are 5 Variations of the Basic Plank!

Plank Jacks

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To Modify: Take out the jump and step each leg to the side and back to mid-line one at a time.

Up and Down Planks

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This exercise is SO awesome for shoulder stability. To modify, perform with knees on the ground.

Side Planks

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This can be performed with the arm straight or on the forearm. Lifting the top leg is an added bonus 🙂

Side Plank Crunch

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Who thought you could do crunches while holding a plank?!

Plank with Hip Swivels

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This variation is a great way to challenge your obliques, and again your shoulder stability.

I’d love to hear some ways that you like to switch up the regular ‘ol plank! Please share in the comments below! 

Happy Tuesday Friends! ~Marielle

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10 thoughts on “For the Love of Planks

  1. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Yes I love planks, they hurt so good! I remember when I first learned how to plank correctly – omg holy abs!!

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  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Hi Marielle! I definitely prefer to do planks over most other moves for working the core. Perhaps my favorite plank is the up/down that you mention above. Good stuff! Aren’t you glad people don’t just think that crunches are the only way to work the abs any longer?

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