Good Morning! ☀
To get this week off to a strong strong, let's talk about your CORE! Strengthening your core is one of the best ways to get fit and is so beneficial to your body. In fact, core muscles are engaged in all activities making them extremely important muscles to keep strong and healthy. Core muscles include all of the muscles of your mid-section including your abdominal muscles (front, side, and deep) low-mid back muscles and all of the hip muscles (glutes, hip flexors, pelvic floor).
The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it builds isometric strength to help sculpt your waistline and improve your posture. The standard plank, as many of you know, is a lot more challenging than it looks, but is extremely effective!
The basic plank is simple: Assume a modified push-up position with your elbows bent 90 degrees and both forearms resting on the floor. Position your elbows directly underneath your shoulders and look straight toward the floor. Your body should form a perfectly straight line from the crown of your head to your heels. Your feet together with only the toes touching the floor.
By adding variations to the standard plank, you can also engage your back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and hamstrings, resulting in a awesome workout! Win!
So, all of that being said... Here is today's workout!
:30 full plank
2 push ups
:60 second elbow plank
4 push ups
:30 raised leg plank (right leg)
:30 raised leg plank (left leg)
6 push ups
:30 mountain climbers
:30 toe taps
8 push ups
:60 elbow plank
10 push ups
:30 full plank