How To Do Plank To Balance Plank

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrates a Plank To Balance Plank

Plank To Balance Plank is a core body move that strengthens your abdominals and lower back while training your body to have better balance and stability. There are many abdominal and core body exercises available to incorporate into your fitness routine. Fitness professionals agree that practicing a plank of any variety, is going to give you the best results for strengthening your core. If you learn how to do Plank To Balance Plank you will not only get the best core strength move available, but excellent balance training. Balance is important at every age, but particularly as you get older.

Plank to Balance Plank is unique due to the arm reach that is added. First it is important to learn how to do a proper plank. Once you are able to perform a plank for at least 30 seconds with proper form, then you can add the arm and leg reach for this move. This will challenge you further as you remove two of the legs of the stool that are holding you up. You now have to rely a great deal more on your core body for strength and stability. What a great way to challenge your core and flatten your abs!

Be sure you are always puling your lower abdominals toward your spine to keep your back in alignment. If at any time your back begins to sag or if you aren’t able to hold a straight line, place one knee on the floor and practice the kneeling version of this same exercise.

Try this exercise and other planks in our 6-Minute Plank Variations.

Here are the steps to performing Plank to Balance Plank:

1) Begin in a plank position with your shoulders over your wrists and your body in a straight line.

2) Simultaneously raise your right hand off and left foot off the floor, squeezing abs and glutes.

3) Return hand and foot with control and switch sides.

Targets: arms, shoulders, core


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