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Alternating shoulder tap plank

This exercise strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles and lower back. It requires no equipment and little space. This is one of many variations you should try.

From a standard plank position, reach your right hand to touch your left shoulder. Put it back down and repeat with your left hand tapping your right shoulder.

Do not let your hips sway side to side as you move.


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Alternating Elbow Tap Plank

A plank is an isometric exercise that strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles and lower back. It requires no equipment and little space, making it one of the easiest ab exercises to squeeze into your day.

This is one of many variations you should try.

From a standard plank position, reach your right hand to touch your left elbow. Put it back down and repeat with your left hand tapping your right elbow. Do not let your hips sway side to side as you move.


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Single leg plank

Another plank variation, great for hips and glutes.

Lay down on the floor with your belly to the ground. Align your elbows directly below the shoulders and ground the toes into the floor. Lift your body up and align your butt, upper back, and head in a straight line. Keep a neutral neck and spine.

With your legs hip-width apart, lift your right leg to hip height and hold as much as you can.

Switch legs.


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Single arm forearm plank

Time to work our core with an easy plank variation.

Lay down on the floor with your belly to the ground. Align your elbows directly below the shoulders and ground the toes into the floor. Lift your body up and align your butt, upper back and head in a straight line. Keep a neutral neck and spine.

Keep your head facing down, and extend one arm. Hold the position as long as you can, without shifting your hips.

Switch arms.


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Plank Jacks

The plank is good for your core, but adding a jumping jack motion with your feet pushes this move to a whole new level. The plank jack is a great cardio move; it raises your heart rate while working your lower and upper body.

Start in a standard plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together.

Like the motion of a jumping jack, jump your legs wide and then back together. Keep your pelvis steady and don’t let your butt rise toward the ceiling.


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