Planking is a great form of exercise that has gained popularity in the last few years. It works out your whole body, especially your core muscles, and can be practiced simply and easily at home. But did you know that there are many different variations of the plank? Each one works out slightly different muscles, and thus has different health benefits. Here are some plank variations for you to try out at home.
The forearm plank is the most common form of planking and it’s also the most conventional. Lie on your belly and then lift your front off of the ground by supporting yourself with your forearms. Make sure to keep your back and body straight until you feel the burn.
Straight Arm Plank
This plank is the same as the forearm plank, but instead of resting on your forearms, straighten them out. This will mean holding yourself in a similar position to that of a push-up. This works out your shoulders as well as your core.
For this exercise, rest on your forearms as you did in the first plank, but this time arch your back and lift your bottom half into the air.
When you’re in the regular forearm plank position, bend your knees until they almost touch the floor. Hold for a few seconds and then straighten them out again. Repeat about three times per minute.