Improve your balance and work your abs harder than ever with this plank variation

Plank with knee bend


All plank exercises are great for strengthening your abs and core, but when you draw your knee into your chest, you’ll feel your abs engage even more because your body’s less stable as you balance on one leg.

Plank with knee bend

Plank with knee bend

How to do it

·         Start in push-up position with your hands on the floor directly beneath your shoulders and legs behind you so you’re balancing on the balls of your feet.

·         Keeping your body in a straight line, contract your abdominal muscles, then slowly draw your right knee forward as far as is comfortably possible.

·         Return to the start; repeat with the left leg.

·         Continue, alternating legs, for 45 seconds.

Make it harder

Bend your elbows (so you’re doing a press-up) as you bring your right knee out to the side and towards your elbow, trying to touch it. Repeat with the other leg.

Repeat with the other leg.

Repeat with the other leg.

Make it easier

If you can’t keep your body in a straight line and start losing form, rest your hands on a higher platform such as a bench or chair to take some pressure off your abs and shoulders.

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