No one said reaching your ab definition goals would be easy. But it doesn’t have to be boring! Planking is one of the best ways to work your core, but it can get old fast. The solution: spice up your ab routine with these five variations of the classic plank. Your abs will thank you.
1. Reverse Plank
Switch up your workout by switching sides of your plank. Simply lie on your back, and prop yourself up on your elbows, keeping your body straight. This is a great way to give your abs some extension action, instead of just flexing.
2. Twisted Plank
Just like normal plank, this version has your body facing down with both feet touching on the ground. The “twist” is in the upper body: rest on one elbow, twisting your upper body to the opposite side to engage your obliques.
3. Delt Plank
This plank version also involves a dumbbell and a bosu ball. Begin in regular plank position, with one hand propping you up on the bosu ball. Use the other to hold the dumbbell, beginning with your arm fully extended downward, and pulling back to engage your deltoid.
4. Twist-Stepping Plank
This plank (similar to mountain climbers) combines core work and a little cardio! Assume plank position, but take alternating steps with your feet, twisting your body as you go to engage your obliques.
5. Elbow Plank With Alternating Leg Lifts
Completely on one side, this plank targets your obliques exclusively. Rest on one elbow and the foot on the same side. With your free arm on your hip for balance, carefully lift your free leg up and down. This exercise not only engages your obliques, but is a good way to blast inner thigh fat.