How To Do Plank To Single Arm Reach

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Plank To Single Arm Reach


Plank To Single Arm Reach 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 Single Arm Reach 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 Single Arm Reach 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 reach. This will challenge you further as you remove one of the legs of the stool that is holding you up. You now have to rely more on your core body with one less limb helping.

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 your knees on the floor and practice the kneeling version of this same exercise.

Try a bunch of different types of planks in our workout 6 Plank Variations for Awesome Abs:

Here are the steps to performing Plank to Single Arm Reach:

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

2) Raise your right arm and hold keeping abs tight. Repeat on the other side.

Targets: arms, shoulders, core

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