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There are three reasons why you feel planks are way too easy – either you are pro at it, you are doing it wrong or three, your body got used to it. Today, we want to talk to those of you who fall under the third category. You all know that this habit of yours will lead your body towards stagnation. And who wants that? So, ditch those planks that you have been doing for ages for at least a fortnight, and try this 2-in-1 plank variation that will work on your belly as well as sides in one go.
This is going to be a one-and-a-half-minute plank. So here’s what the flow will look like – 30 seconds hold, 30 seconds twists, and 30 seconds hold.
Now here is what you have to do:
Step 1: Be on your all fours on a mat and get into a forearm plank. Just ensure that your elbow and your shoulder are in a straight line. Your spine is straight, glutes pushed, towards the wall, and again legs straight.
Step 2: Start your stopwatch and hold your stance for 30 seconds.
Step 3: As soon as your watch passes 30 seconds, lift your butts a little, in a way that you make a wide ‘A’. Now twist your lower body from side to side. Try to lower the touch floor as your glutes reach to one side.
Step 4: As the clock strikes a minute, get back to a forearm plank and hold it again for 30 more seconds.
5,4,3,2 anddd…. 1 – DONE!
Can you feel the burn in your core area? Well, then take a 30-second break and get back in position as you have to do at least 4 more rounds of it.
Without a doubt, a plank is one of the most underrated exercises but if you are skipping it, especially on your abs day, you are losing big time. There are various studies that are published in renowned international journals such a Medicina and the International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health that have gone gaga about the outstanding effects of doing a plank on a regular basis.
And if you also follow some of the best fitness influencers nationally and internationally, you may be convinced enough about the worth of doing a plank.
So ladies, grab your mats and take a leap from being a struck sole to a pro with this plank variation.