Crunches are the most common ab (rectus abdominis muscle) exercise.
However…they along with situps may not be the most effective way to build muscle and strengthen your core.
Strengthening your core (ie. abdominal muscles), can improve stability, reduce injury, and maintain mobility.
A few months ago I gave up crunches of all sorts and replaced them with The Plank. It’s such a simple exercise that you can do just about anywhere; at home, the gym or in a hotel room. They are great when you travel!
The best part is they only take a few minutes to do. Actually, it takes me three minutes. 1 minute for a regular plank, one minute for a left side plank and one minute for a right side plank. See 1+1+1=3 minutes! That’s it.
Plank exercises might be very simple, but at the same time, they have a long list of benefits, too!
When you perform a plank you recruit a better balance of muscles on your front, sides, and back during than when doing sit-ups – which target just a few muscles.
Remember, your core goes far beyond your abdominal muscles.
When you perform a plank you are engaging and working your biceps, shoulders and neck muscles. And those are just the upper body benefits!
Your lower body gets a great workout, too! Planks work your chest, lower back, glutes (ie. the junk in your trunk), thighs and calves. All these separate body parts are working at the same time which make the plank the most time-efficient exercise you can do!
Read more about the benefits of doing planks by clicking the link below.
Now that you’re excited about how awesome planks are I have an idea…
Let’s do a 30-day plank challenge beginning on August 1st.
The challenge is to perform one exercise per day for a certain amount of time – from 20 seconds on the first day to 5 minutes on the thirtieth day.
I know you can do it!
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