A Few Simple Plank Variations

About Planks

Most people think of planks as an abdominal building exercise, but it in fact is a full body workout. Yes, it takes a strong core but it is a full body effort. Add in a few variations, and you can change the way muscles are recruited for the exercise

In this video, I will start with a standard hand plank and then briefly regress before progressing into a few simple plank variations.

Hand Plank

Very basic plank giving you a full body workout.

Elbow Plank

An easier plank to perform for most but it does increase abdominal muscle activation.

Shoulder Taps

Adds just a bit more difficulty.

Hand To Side Plank

A progression from the typical hand plank.

Push Up To Side Plank

A progression from the hand to side plank.

Using Planks

Planks are a great way to increase core strength as well as improve upper and lower conditioning. One way to use them is as a warm up aid. Start with a simple plank and then gradually add progressions until you are ready to take on your regular workout.

by James Carlson

James Carlson is an NASM certified personal trainer and nutrition coach living in Jacksonville, FL.

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