Core And Arms

'I Did Plank Variations Every Day For A Month—And My Core And Arms Are Stronger Than Ever' – Women's Health

Women’s Health may earn commission from the links on this page, but we only feature products we believe in. Why trust us? “A plank minute is way longer than a microwave minute.” I don’t love planks. There I said it. Isometric exercises (or holding one position) are not my thing. I prefer other types of core exercises (hi dead bugs, bicycle crunches, inchworms, or V-ups!) over a plank hold any day. The thing is, I do like to move. And maybe I wasn’t giving the good ol’ stationary plank enough credit up until this point. Planks are generally regarded as one of the best core (and total-body) exercises you can do, so I was excited and nervous to embark on a 30-day plank challenge. “The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it activates your entire core, including your pelvic floor muscles, your obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and your spine,” says Amanda Edell, NASM- and ACSM-certified online personal trainer and holistic health coach. I accepted the plank challenge—one plank workout every single day for a month—to see how it would make me feel and perform. It was a fun fitness goal to…

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