Now that we’re almost two weeks into our plank challenge, you’ve probably figured out that some kinds of planks feel harder than others. Tiny changes in your body’s position can make a big difference.
Plank may not be easy, but it’s simple. If you’re getting bored, though, there are other ways to do it! Here are some variations to try as we enter the second week of our plank challenge.
Dear readers, I’m sorry. When I asked Lifehacker staffers what’s been missing from our monthly fitness challenges, the resounding answer was that we all need to spend a month working on our plank game.
This week’s lunch break workout is perfect for people who can’t move their legs, or who just don’t want to. That’s right, you’ll work your upper body and core without having to get out of a chair.
Crunches and planks aren’t everything. If you want to strengthen your core, you need to think bigger. Your core includes all the muscles in your torso, from your shoulders down to your hips. And it does a lot more than help you sit up.
A proper push-up takes you all the way down to the ground—but it’s easy to cheat by only going partway down. To be sure you’re getting the full challenge and benefit out of each rep, pick up your hands every time your chest hits the floor.
You’re not limited to simple floor exercises when it comes to working your abs, back, and hips. If you’re ready for a change from planks and crunches, try this cable machine move called the Pallof press.
Foam rollers are famous for giving great massages: you just roll your target body part over this handy cylinder. But you can also use a roller as part of a strength workout, where it fills in for exercises that might normally use an exercise ball or a yoga block.
In the weight room, the two most important things to consider are safety and how much you can lift. For some people, it’s one or the other, but with the right breathing techniques, you will be able to lift more weight effectively and do it without hurting yourself. Here’s how.
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