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Best Ab Exercises: Abdominal Plank & Elbow Plank

by Susan · 7 comments

Hey! I hope you’re having a great day!

I’m back with the next post in my video series best ab exercises.

Today we’re talking about 2 more, non-crunch ab exercises: abdominal planks and a beginner’s modified version, the elbow plank.

If you’ve missed any of the prior videos from this series check out these links below:

Best Ab Exercises – Stability Ball Rollout

Best Ab Exercises – Lying Hip Extensions

When just starting out doing any of the best ab exercises I recommend you should always start with the least advanced move. In this case, you would start with the elbow plank and master that exercise before advancing on to the abdominal plank.

Check out the short video below where I demonstrate each one:

To do the elbow plank:

  • Get on the floor face down balancing your weight on your elbows and your toes
  • Your arms should be bent to a 90 degree angle and should be directly below your shoulders
  • Brace your core so that there is a nice straight line between your shoulders and your feet. No cheating with hips up in the air!

Start by holding the pose for 20-30 seconds and practice until you can hold for 1 minute and beyond.

Once you can hold the elbow plank for at least 1 minute then go ahead and move to the regular abdominal plank.

To do a regular abdominal plank:

  • Get on the floor face down balancing your weight between your hands and your toes
  • Your arms should be fully extended and directly below your shoulders
  • Brace your core so that there is a nice straight line between your shoulders and your feet. No cheating with hips up in the air!

Start by holding the pose for 20-30 seconds and practice until you can hold for 1 minute and beyond.

That’s all there is to it!

Practice both planks and I will be back soon with my next exercise video demonstrating other best ab exercises.

Your Friend & Coach,

Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS

P.S. Please leave a comment and let me know how long you can hold your plank!

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