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Do a million crunches & sit-ups but still NO ABS???

If after thousands of crunches day after day, month after month, you still do not have six pack abs or even better abs, then allow me to introduce you to one of the best core and abs exercises: “Plank”

The plank is an isometric exercise that helps build endurance in your entire core– rectus abdominus, obliques, lower back and stabilizing muscles. It is a powerful exercise that anyone can do.

Plank exercises are a great way to work your abdominal muscles, as well as your entire core. By forcing your body to stabilize itself in one position, planks work both your abdominal muscles as well as your back muscles.

A significant advantage of planks in terms of developing better looking abs is that they work the transverse abdominus (that holds in the rectus abdominus), compared to crunches that focus only on the rectus abdominus.

What happens when you only do crunches for abs (aside from back pain) is that your abs will stick out when viewed from the side, not giving the result you are looking for.

How to do plank exercise
1.Start by lying face down on the ground or use an exercise mat. Place your elbows and forearms underneath your chest.
2.Prop yourself up to form a bridge using your toes and forearms.
3.Maintain a flat back and do not allow your hips to sag towards the ground
4.Hold this position for 10 seconds to start and over time work for 40 – 60seconds.


Gina Hunter
Co-Founder of Well-Fit Life 
Star Diamond Team Beachbody Coach
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