7 Variations on the Plank


You probably already know and love the core-tightening power of the plank. But after countless sweaty holds, the honeymoon phase does fade. Need to spice things up? Just try these seven variations of the move straight.

Main Move: Plank
Planks

First, here’s how to do a plank: Start to get in a pushup position, but bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms instead of on your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Brace your core by contracting your abs as if you were about to be punched in the gut.

Plank to Pushup
Up-Down-Plank

Get into plank position. Press your body up into the top position of a pushup by extending your arms one at a time. Pause, then reverse the movement and return to your elbows. That’s 1 rep.