Let’s be brutally honest; no one likes a big belly, and that area of the body appears to be challenging in trying to shape up. You can crunch all day into night, and still, you’re not going to see the “abs-tastic” results you’re sweating for.
According to professional trainers, you want an exercise that tones the stomach muscles and burns calories, and the plank is the secret position to achieve the ultimate flat tummy. It’s free (no equipment required) and only takes a few minutes a day to perform.
So, what does it look like?
Everyone is familiar with getting into a push-up position on the floor, and that is where the plank exercise is formed from.
By the way, super fit stars like Jennifer Lopez assume the plank position; no, she didn’t spill the details, but her trainer did share. Celebrity fitness expert Tracy Anderson says the plank firms the core and is excellent for everyone to do daily, and you don’t have to be JLo to sculpt your body into perfection.
Yoga enthusiast Hilaria Baldwin also performs planks to build her amazing flat stomach without resorting to high-intensity sweating routines. The svelte wife of Alec Baldwin is pregnant with their fourth child and continues to work out.
Shape.com says there is science behind the success of the plank because the exercise position forces every muscle located in the core to get busy and moving. These mighty six include the rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, internal and external obliques, hips and back.
Shape.com calls the plank “the total body toner,” and when you get really good at it, a 10-minute daily plank will burn calories and begin firming up that loose belly. Best of all, there are variations of the plank, seven of them. That way, you can perform a killer plank routine for the best core workout on the planet.
Shape.com explains the seven plank positions that include the basic plank, leg lift plank, side plank, side plank with leg lift, straight arm plank, straight arm plank with shoulder touch and straight arm plank and raise.
You will never get bored with this palette of plank variations, and your tummy will be flat, toned and sexy.
Of course, your form needs to be precise for any key exercise to reap the best results. Check out this guide here on YouTube.com.
Happy “planking,” ladies.