Plank with Twist

Differentiation: Mechanics

This variation of planks is unique from other exercise because you twist your body upward while raising your arm overhead | to work one side of your core at a time. This movement engages and develops your oblique muscles. You alternate sides with each rep.

Starting Position

To get into starting position, do this...

1) Locate an area of the gym with ample floor space to perform the exercise.
2) Lie face-down on the floor - with your elbows bent under your shoulders to support your torso.
3) Your toes should be bent to keep your legs off the floor.
4) Raise your torso, so your arms are bent at a 45-degree angle
5) Your elbows should be directly below your shoulders.

Main Mechanics

Once in starting position, do this...

1) This is the starting position.
2) Keeping your entire body rigid, pivot to the left and stretch your right arm straight up in the air.
3) ...until your arm is fully extended.
4) Hold this position for a count of one second.
5) This is the ending position.
6) Then, lower your right arm and again support your torso with both elbows.
7) Repeat the motion by pivoting to the right and stretching your left arm up in the air.
8) Continue reps until you have completed a full set, alternating sides of your body for each rep.

Proper Form

Pay special attention to following proper form by...

Be sure to rotate in a controlled motion when doing the twist.
Your weight should be on your left elbow and right toes at the top of the movement
Keep your entire body rigid to properly strengthen your core.

Gear Advice

To perform this exercise, it is best to use an exercise mat. If you want to perform this exercise at home, or you do not want to use the dirty pads at your gym, we have listed a link below to Valeo brand Exercise Mat - which you can order from Amazon dot com.

Gear You'll Need

Brand Product Price
Valeo Exercise Mat $17.51


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