"This is the king of core exercises," said Kim Evans, ACE, personal trainer and fitness coordinator at Spring Lake Fitness and Aquatic Centre. "The core is designed to stabilise and this one exercise does that." Added Amy Jordan, ACE-certified trainer and founder of Wundabar, "Planks tone your core and everything else too! They create long, lean lines and flatten the abdomen rather than shortening like crunches can do."
- Get face down on the floor resting on your forearms and knees.
- Push off the floor, raising up off your knees onto your toes and resting mainly on your elbows.
- Contract your abdominals to keep yourself up and prevent your booty from sticking up. Keep your back flat and glutes tight.
- Hold as long as you can. Aim for 20 to 30 seconds in the beginning, and work your way up to one minute as you get stronger.