8. Full planks
Planks appear simple, but the longer you hold the position, the harder (and more effective) it gets.
How to do: Start from a pushup position with the arms directly below the shoulders and lower the upper body onto the elbows and forearms placed flat on the floor. Lift and straighten the body until a straight line is formed from neck to ankles.
Your weight should be supported on the toes and forearms. Don’t allow the hips to lift or drop as you hold the plank for a minimum of 30-60 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times and extend the time with each workout. Side Planks – As a plank variation, shift the weight to the right arm and leg and reach for the ceiling with the left arm and again, hold for 30 to 60 seconds and alternate sides.
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