Exercise of The Week: Up-down Plank

Up-down Plank

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We are into our third week of ab exercises and I wanted to throw in a plank. Yes, technically this is just a variation, but it still is great for your abs and has the added bonus of working out your arms too! If you have issues with doing a plank it is ok. You can do this in a modified push up position aka on your knees. The main focus is to have proper form. So lets get started!

Begin by kneeling on the ground and getting into push up position (remember you can go on your knees instead). Make sure to engage you core and go onto your elbows. You should now look like A. Now comes the fun part! Push up with one hand while making sure to keep your hips as still as possible (it may be hard in the beginning but just work up to it). You should look like B.  Now push up with your other hand and get into push up position. You should now look like C. Lower yourself down one hand at a  time back to starting position. That is it, that’s one rep! Add 1-2 sets of 10 reps to your regular routine and make sure that halfway through you change which hand is your leading hand (the one that goes down first). You want to make sure you are getting an even workout so don’t forget to switch.

 

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About Eunice

I like to joke that I am "a well of useless information" but for once I can share that information with people that might want to listen. I love trying new things and now I have an audience to share it with...hopefully. I hope you enjoy what you read :)

Posted on April 20, 2016, in Exercise of the week, Fitness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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