Planks are so, so good for you. But they’re also kind of, well, boring. Holding a plank for 30 to 60 seconds means you’ve got nothing but the floor to distract you from that deep burn quaking up through your bod. The burn is a good thing; the boredom is not. Once you’ve nailed the proper plank form (here’s how to do it), it’s time to have some fun. Try adding these different planks to your workout to keep crushing your core.
Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reason: it works – in large part because it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. What are some of the benefits you can expect from adding this exercise to your regular routine? The plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance. If you’ve never tried one, a plank may look easy.