5 Plank variations to get a flatter tummy and improve total body strength

Speaking of planks, they not only work on the core they also strengthen legs, arms, shoulders, and many muscle groups. And that's why it is considered as one of the best whole-body workouts.
5 Plank variations to get a flatter tummy and improve total body strength5 Plank variations to get a flatter tummy and improve total body strength
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If you are a fitness lover then you must be aware of planks. There is also a popular saying about this exercise which is- If you think time flies, you have not held a plank recently. The saying implies the toughness of the exercise for to remain in the plank position is initially little difficult, however, with time and dedication one can ace the same and after acing the simple plank variation you would be wanting to do more challenging planks. If you are also at that position or simply curious, then read on as today I have compiled a list of 5 variations of this exercise. 

Speaking of planks, they not only work on the core they also strengthen legs, arms, shoulders, and many muscle groups. And that's why it is considered as one of the best whole-body workouts. Even if you do 30 sec to 1-minute plank every day for a few months you will see improvements in your core area, posture, and total body strength. So, yes, after 60 seconds of pain you will see a lot of gains as well. So, if you are looking forward to flatter tummy, abs and overall strength improvement, then go ahead with a plank.

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1. Side Planks

With the help of this variation, one can strengthen the oblique abdominal muscles which hardly get worked during normal ab workouts. This is a simpler version and can be aced after you are comfortable and want to move on from the simple plank. Below is the how-to video of the plank variation.

2. Plank Jacks

Two exercises are involved here that is planks and jumping jacks. Make sure you maintain the ideal plank form to avoid any injuries and aches. Also, make sure you do not raise or lower your hips and maintain the straight line pose. Check out the tutorial right below.

3. Walking plank

Walking plank is another challenging plank that you can add your workout routine. One has to walk with hands and feet sideways with straight formation. With the help of this plank variation, one can strengthen the core as well as your upper and lower body muscle groups. Your deltoids, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves are also engaged. Check out the tutorial right below.

4. Plank with shoulder taps

This variation is quite a fun one and it involves several muscle groups such as hip flexors, abs, back, hamstrings, and quads among others. Check out the below video to know how to do it. 

5. Reverse plank

This particular is a little bit tough, however, after a few attempts, one can ace it. Make sure you perform this under supervision. With this variation, many muscle groups such as glutes, abs, hamstrings, obliques, triceps, and shoulders are included. If you want to take this to another level then add leg raise to it. While doing the planks, make sure to take deep breaths and if you lower back arches then do take a break. Check out the video tutorial of this variation right below.

Bottom line

Make sure you do all the forms under the trainer's supervision.

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