Holding a plank for minutes at a time? No plank you, says trainer Frank LaCoco of Five Seasons Family Sports Club.
Planks are great exercises for your abs and lower back, but holding a plank for longer than 90 seconds is unnecessary—the "Groundhog Day" of ab exercises.
Instead of holding the plank for minutes at a time, challenge yourself by changing your position. Try extending an arm forward while keeping your chest and hips parallel to the floor, or lifting a leg hip height off the ground. These small modifications increase the intensity of the plank and put those abs and low back muscles to work!
Frank LaCoco is a personal trainer at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge. He can be reached at email@example.com or 708-710-9422.
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