We are obsessed with tight torsos and six-pack abs. I often get asked, “What is the best exercise to build a six-pack?”. Before I answer that question I always start by telling people that a combination of a healthy diet, good eating habits, and regular exercise will get you there. If I had to choose the best abdominal exercise for a sexy six-pack, I would have to choose the plank. Plank exercises are my favorite because they work the entire body and target all the core muscles, hips, and lower back.
Strong core muscles are important for improved balance and functional stability. On the other hand, weak core muscles can lead to poor posture, low back pain, and other acute injuries.
With that in mind, today’s video will demonstrate how you can develop a stronger core and build six-pack abs using various plank exercises.
Six-Pack Abs Using the Plank Exercise
The traditional plank exercise, which engages the core muscles throughout the duration of the exercise, requires the body in a fully extended position (feet and elbows on the ground).
Plank Exercise Variations
For the beginner, rest your body on your toes and palms, keep your arms fully extended and hold this position between 20 to 30 seconds. Make sure your back is flat and your body makes a straight line from head to toe.
If you would like a little bit more challenge, you can rest on your elbows and hold this position between 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure your elbows are right below your shoulders to keep the proper form.
For someone wanting the ultimate challenge, start with your arms fully extended resting on your palms and lower your body down to your elbows to create more intensity in your core area. Repeat 5 to 10 times and switch to the opposite side.
Plank exercises are a great way to build a stronger core and work toward your six-pack.
Remember…take care of your body and your body will take care of you.
Have a healthy day!
Marcelo Vazquez, ACSM certified personal trainer and developer of Spin-Fit™ programs for youth.