If there is one exercise that I would have to choose to tone up quickly, it would be THE PLANK exercise
Benefits of Plank Exercise:
- It strengthens your lower back
- It developes your core muscles – which include the abs, back, hips and the butt.
- Helps you to avoid injuries and encourage good posture
- Can be done anywhere
- Develops your abdominals by targeting the rectus abdominis
While planking is more known for a core training exercise, many yoga and pilates classes use it in their routines as well.
When I first started I could barely hold on for a full minutes. Happy to say I have progressed to about 4 minutes although I have totally slacked a bit last month due to so many sports events.
How to Start:
Here is a youtube video that teaches you the right way to plank, you can start doing it while watching to get the benefits of plank exercise
A simple planking exercise routine to follow:
You can do it as part of a strength training routine which can include squats, push-ups, burpees and such. I like to build strength using my body weight as it’s so convenient in the mornings when I wake and when I don’t have time to go to the gym.
Simple Plank Routine to Get Started:
30 sec plank
rest 10 sec
45 sec plank
rest 15 sec
Do this 5 times. 3 times if you are totally new to plank. TRY your best. Slowly build from there.
To see more plank variations, click here
Do you plank? What do you think?
Thanks for reading!