How to Do Perfect Plank Exercises

Planks are one of the best exercises out there for your core. Not only will core work flatten your tummy, it’ll give you better balance for those super-high stilettos you’ve decided to rock under that gown. Planks in particular are beneficial for your arms, shoulders and back (which comprise the all-important Bridal Trifecta).
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What You'll Need

Just yourself

How to Do a Plank

1. Lie facedown on the floor and push yourself up on your elbows and toes, with your midsection off the ground. Your shoulders should be relaxed, and your elbows should be positioned directly underneath your shoulders. Keep your head neutral.

2. Roll your tailbone under -- try to point it toward the floor. At the same time, pull your stomach in and try to touch your belly button to your spine. It should feel like you're shortening the distance between your rib cage and hip bone. Don't let your back droop or your butt go up high -- your body should form a straight line from your shoulders down to your knees.

3. Keep breathing and hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds; then relax for one minute.

4. Repeat to complete three to five sets.

Pairs Well With...
Everything! Your daily workouts can always include some kind of core work. Try combining planks with other core work, such as forward crunches or side planks.

Doug Rice

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