Getting that flat tummy you've been dreaming of is one of the hardest feats, as the belly is one of the hardest areas to slim down when loosing weight. We're in luck, however, as doing this extremely efficient ab exercise is the key to finally getting those rock hard abs.
It's called 'the plank' and it's trusted by fitness experts to deliver better results than by doing 1,000 traditional ab exercises. Let us detail how to do this move correctly so you can reap the awesome benefits.
Get On All Fours
First, get on all fours and then come down onto your elbows. Make sure your back, shoulders and neck are straight and not strained.
Before raising your body to get in the full plank, make sure your arms and legs are steady. You'll be coming off your knees and transferring your weight onto your toes. Make sure your legs can comfortably reach back while keeping your hips in a straight line.
Lift both knees up and rise to your steady plank position. All of your weight is now in your arms and toes. Your back is flat and you are engaging your legs, abs and shoulder muscles. The buttock muscles are also contracted and tucked into your body. Make sure your body doesn't form a triangle and stays in a parallel line with the floor.
Once you're up in the full plank position, start contracting your muscles. This gives you that extra punch that will yield the best results. Squeeze your abdominal muscles for 20-60 seconds, and then relax.
You can repeat up to one minute of planking three times, for a total of three minutes. Make sure you maintain your form throughout the entire time of the exercise. The idea is to get the best results in the least amount of time.
Here's a great video explaining each step of obtaining the perfect plank position.
Whole Body Workout
Not only will your abs greatly benefit from this exercise, you'll also tone the muscles in your shoulders, legs and back. Doing this move regularly promotes better posture, digestion and improves balance. It's a win-win!