body movement. Hold the “up”
push-up position, supporting your
bodyweight either on your elbows
(directly under your shoulders)
and toes, or on the palms of your
hands with arms fully extended
(hands directly under your
shoulders) and toes. Engage your
entire body to keep your spine
straight (no bend at the waist), and
hold the plank for as long as you
can. Slowly build up the length of
time you can hold that position.
Once you’ve mastered the
static plank, it’s time to add
di;culty. Doing the lateral
twisting plank engages more
muscles, including your obliques.
Starting in the basic plank
position (either on hands or
elbows), twist your body to the
right, lifting your right hand
straight into the air and hold.
Repeat to the left. Do 15 twists to
“The core recruits diagonally
in this exercise when the arm
moves through to reach to the
other side,” says Braden-Olson.
“Plus, when you reach up toward
the sky, your body is placed in a
side plank, trigging the obliques to
engage. The;twisting movement
of the arm as it moves in and out
of the side plank can cause you to
lose your balance, which generates
The plank engages your entire core.
Maintain a straight line through
your neck, back, hips and feet.
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