By targeting your transverse abdominis, your deepest abdominal muscle, the plank is vital to developing trunk stability and preventing lower back injuries, Maddalone says. Feel free to mix things up with variations if the traditional plank isn’t intense enough for you.
Instructions: Get into a pushup position, then bend your elbows to rest your weight on your forearms, your elbows directly beneath your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels. Brace your core and hold for as long as you can.
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