Saturday, November 6, 2010


Everybody wants a tight mid-section, that's for sure. Crunches and sit ups are popular exercises but they really only target your upper abs. The plank is a forgotten compound exercise that targets pretty much the whole core and upper arms. Start in a push up position keeping your back straight, stay still for 30-40 seconds. Do 2 or 3 sets. To add variety you can use your elbows instead of your upper arms.


  • Targets the whole core, very effective.
  • You can do it anywhere.
  • Can be somewhat brutal if you're just starting out.

Plank with upper arms

Plank with elbows


  1. So you just stay firm in that upright or elbow position for about 30 seconds? Seems easy enough.

  2. yea , I can do lots of them now , but it wasn't that easy when I was out of shape, ahah.