Your core is about more important things than just looking torn. A strong core helps you to have a stronger body overall as you use these muscles to maintain stability and balance.
Planks are a classic core stability exercise of all time – but you probably have this position millions of times during your training career. When you're ready to upgrade your board, you can complete this training from Men's Health Fitness Director Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS, which lends your core more weight, gradient and isometric action than never before.
"This turn is all about anti-rotation, and this move will greatly improve both your boards and your breakaway ranks," says Samuel. "It's also a super-scalable move Advanced users can do this with a challenging weight, a 40- or 50-pound dumbbell, and really fight to accumulate your 30 seconds or hold time per side, or you can just do it with one Do a 1
The real challenge is to compensate for the weight of the dumbbell." This charge will pull your upper body to the side, even when it's skidding, "says Samuel." Your Schedule: Resist and do not let it go to. The trick: If you resist, you'll try to overcompensate and turn your upper body too high to balance the load. You have to work to stay disciplined by your glutes and slants on the loaded side to keep your hips and shoulders straight. "
You need a bench and dumbbells to handle the increased hold in the plank row, so if you need a solid set of weights at home, you should try this Bowflex option – unless you know the gallon pitcher.