5 Planks to strengthen your Core

As promised, here is the second round of plank exercises, a bit more challenging the first. I don’t need to expound on the benefits of planks again, but they are a wonderful way to strengthen the entirety of the core, as well as the chest, arms, and legs. Enjoy!




Warm up with an old favorite, the classic plank. Keep your belly button pulled in, back is straight, legs glued together, and a slight bend in the elbows. Hold 30 seconds, and perform this 3 x.

Side plank



Eigher propped on your elbow, or all the way up on your hand with fingers facing forward, keep your bellybutton in and hold 30 seconds. Repeat 3x on each side.

Side plank with dip

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Starting on your elbow in a side plank, left your top leg straight up towards the ceiling approximately 12 inches. Maintain the top leg lifted, and set your hip straight down onto the ground and lift it directly back up. This motion should be fluid and smooth, do not slam the hip down. Repeat 10x on each side.

Leg Pull 

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Beginning in reverse plank with legs glued together, hips lifting, slight bend in the elbows and head facing ceiling, lift one leg up with toes flexed up. Draw leg back down with toes pointed away from the body. Repeat 10x on the right, then switch and do 10x on the left.

Plank with Reach

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Begin in standard plank, keep belly button pulled in and reach your right arm straight forward up to your ear, then return it back down with control and alternate to the left. Perform 10x on each side.

More planks to come my friends!

Make your day great!



About runningyourbody

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Certified Pilates instructor, and runner with celiac disease. I am passionate about educating people on running, pilates, and women’s health topics. I am trained in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as pre and post partum impairments. In my free time I can be found anywhere outside. I enjoy training for races with friends, cooking gluten free meals, and traveling with my husband. My goal is to share information with you in a lighthearted and enjoyable forum. I am always contributing fun and interesting posts on my blog. Feel free to check it out @ https://runningyourbody.wordpress.com/
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