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Bridges or planks

Submit an Entry: What's Your Favorite Ab Exercise?

By Anthony

Updated July 15, 2010

Bridges or planks

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Bridges or planks

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My Favorite Ab Exercise Is...

Bridges or planks:

Start out with toes and elbows on the floor. If you were to draw a line from your shoulders through your hips to your ankles it should be as straight as possible. Just like a "plank" of wood. Hold the position for a set amount of time and gradually increase over time. I would recommend to start somewhere around 30 seconds.

Side Planks:

Works the sides of your abs. One foot on the floor and one elbow or hand on the floor as your body lies sideways on the floor. Raise your hips to create a straight line from your armpit down your body to your feet. Switch sides.

How I Learned This Ab Exercise

In high school I took a 6 week sport training program to get in shape for soccer try outs. This is one of the exercises we were tought.

I also received some additional information from a personal trainer. Ways to make it harder and to add more muscle confusion.

Tips and Tricks

  • lifting one leg at a time increases the difficulty for the standard plank.
  • When preforming the side planks, try placing a medicine ball between your ankles. Also, keep your upper arm and leg in line with your body. Don't let it stick out in front or behind of you.
  • There are some really good videos on Youtube for this exercise.

Elizabeth Quinn, About.com Sports Medicine, says:

For visuals, check out: Plank and Side Plank exercises
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