12 Plank Variation To Try

Last week I wrote about why you should be focusing your time and effort on doing PLANKS over Situps

This post is about giving you some different variations of planks to do to help keep you from becoming bored with doing the same standard plank.

12 Plank Variations

  1. High Plank
  2. Low Plank
  3. Shoulder Taps
  4. Mountain Climbers
  5. Plank Jacks
  6. Pike Toe Taps
  7. Plank Punches
  8. Roatation to T
  9. Up & Down Plank
  10. Side Planks
  11. Saw Planks
  12. Spider Man Planks

Check out the video to see how to do each variation. And let me know which is your favorite, and if I missed one that you use in your workouts

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Planks over Sit-ups

Planks are flat out a better use of your time versus crunches or sit-ups.

They’re not the cool Instagram exercise. Mostly because you are, usually, just staying still (your caption better be great lol). But they work YOUR WHOLE CORE (when done right!), and a ton of other muscle groups.

Yup. All of that!

While sit-ups can be a decent exercise to target your abs, and help out with your hip flexors, and lower back… that’s it.

Sit-ups can help build strength in your abs, planks build strength in your core, AND about half of the rest of your body.

Why waste the time doing huge sets of sit-ups, when that time can go to toning and strengthening your whole body with planks.

If you want a more science-y article HARVARD agrees 🤷🏻‍♂️

Let’s talk about the 2 main variations of Planks

1. High Plank – Holding your body up on your hands and toes (like you’re about to do a pushup). Back flat, no dropping your belly down, and don’t pike up. This isn’t downward dog. Hands should be in line with your shoulders.

2. Low Plank – Holding your body up on your forearms and toes. Back flat, no dropping your belly down, and don’t pike up. Elbows should be in line with your shoulders.

Try out a plank, for time, and see how long you can last, with good form. And, that’s your starting point.

I like training by finding a max time, then work on doing 2-3 sets at 75-85% of that time.

For example: If my max plank time is 60s, I’ll work on doing 3 sets of 45-50s planks. Making sure to be able to consistently do that over the course of a couple weeks. Then testing out the max time again.

5 Healthy(ish) Snacks From Aldi’s Under 500 Calories

Back with another under 500 calories snack post. Last time we went to Target and found 5 snacks

This time, we made a stop into Aldi’s (probably my favorite market!). And did the same thing.

Finding 5 healthy-ish snacks, with, per serving, calories under 500.

1. Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – 100 Calories Each

2. Trail Mix – 230 Calories Each

3. Elevation Protein Bars – 200 Calories Each

4. Boom Chicka Pop Corn – 150 Calories per serving

5. My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream – 100 Calories Each

And, that’s 5! Have you tried any of these? Do you have a favorite low cal snack?

Where should we go next???