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workout wednesday {plank edition}

Happy workout Wednesday everyone! Hope your week is going well so far.  Today we’re talking core + I’ve got an awesome plank series workout to share.

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In order to strengthen your core, you don’t have to do hundreds of crunches.  In fact, you can do zero crunches and still get amazingly strong abs.  How you ask??  With planks!  They are my favorite core exercise.  I like them so much, I joined in on a plank tower after one of my classes a while back.  We know how to have fun. :)

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Recently I was looking through some progress pictures and thought it would be fun to show a change over the last few months.  Here is a picture from January (8 months post baby).

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And next is a picture from April (11 months post baby).

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I typically only spend at most 5 minutes out of each classes specifically working abs.  But whenever I have the choice, I do it with planks.  They obviously help define and strengthen!  That’s also why push ups are an awesome full body exercise- you’re in a plank (hello core work) during them!

I’d also like to note, while you can do as many planks, crunches or core exercises as you want, abs will stay hiding until diet is in check.  Abs really are made in the kitchen, so if you want to see a [2-4-6-8] pack, make sure your diet is where it needs to be – balanced with clean eats.

Whether your abs are hiding or showing, it is still always important to keep them strong.  Core strength supports your body, help protect your back, keeps you in good posture and helps you maintain good form during all other exercises.  So let’s work them for all of those reasons!

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If you are new to exercise just do this 5 minute plank series one time.  Take rest as you need it.  Once you are ready to move on, repeat another time.  And if that’s not enough, do it for a 3rd time!

And because I like sharing other workouts and exercises, here is one from Kristin at STUFT Mama – give her plank up and over exercise a try!

Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 7.15.32 AMWant to see YOUR workout included in Workout Wednesday?  Next week we are covering legs, so be sure to email me your leg workout including the link to it (heather.englund@comcast.net).

How often do you work your core?  What is your favorite ab exercise?

Have a great Wednesday all!

Heather



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