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The Ultimate January Power Plank Workout Challenge

Dec 28, 2016 //

January is a perfect time to set your eyes on new goals, especially when it comes to health and fitness.

This month’s challenge focuses in on a powerhouse move: the plank. The tried-and-true bodyweight exercise works your whole body, but especially focuses on the shoulders and core. Want to start the New Year off by sculpting a strong, sexy mid-section? Then this challenge is for you.

Guidelines:

  • Warm up with 50 jumping jacks before each plank workout.
  • Keep a neutral head and neck throughout the plank movement.
  • Keep your back in a straight line and do not let your butt drop or push up into a downward dog position.
  • Keep your hands aligned under your shoulders.
  • Remember to breath throughout the movement.
  • Make sure that you are cleared by a physician before beginning the challenge.
  • If you feel like you are getting fatigued, take a break and then pick it back up. Form is most important.
  • Cool down by walking and stretching after each plank workout.
  • Feel free to mix and match the workouts on different days, if you prefer.
  • Work on holding your planks longer or completing more repetitions each week if you need more of a challenge.
  • Remember that you can plank on your knees or decrease the length of the hold or amount of repetitions.
  • Plank workouts can be supplementary to other strength and cardio routines.

Maggie Young

Maggie is an associate editor for Fitness Republic, American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist, occupational therapy student, and freelance writer for various health and fitness publications. She believes that a healthy diet, daily movement, stress reduction, and quality sleep are the foundation of happiness.

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