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workout wednesday {plank edition}

by Heather

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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Emma May 15, 2013 - 7:28 am

At the gym now and gonna do this plank series! I’m at 7 1/2 months post-baby and I’m picking up my intensity more and more with my workouts. Started doing videos while my daughter naps and it’s been so good. Thanks for sharing!

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Erica May 15, 2013 - 8:11 am

Whoop! Planks totally rock. I usually do about 5 minutes each day (as a part of my teaching :)). Planks are definitely my favorite

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STUFT Mama May 15, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Thanks for sharing the video Heather. Your abs are ROCKING!!!!

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Caroline @ Broccoli Hut May 15, 2013 - 5:41 pm

This is great! I’ve been trying to improve my core strength, so I am definitely saving this for future reference. Thanks!

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Crystal May 16, 2013 - 12:54 am

How do i play the video?!?!!

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Fit Mama May 16, 2013 - 6:57 am

You’ll have to click through to STUFT mama’s site to watch it.

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The Candid RD May 16, 2013 - 4:13 am

Three person plank?! VERY interesting!! The plank moves always get me, but not because they work my core, but I feel the blood rushing through my arms to my hands, I really don’t like it much….but I’m sure they work better than I think. You’re looking great!

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Crystal May 20, 2013 - 2:27 am

Im just wondering if you will be making anymore videos on your YouTube ?!?!?!

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Fit Mama May 20, 2013 - 6:28 am

Hi Crystal! I haven’t in a while… but I hope to! I just need to get a recording system up again. Any requests for when I do?

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Crystal May 20, 2013 - 5:47 pm

😀 Maybe like the ones already on your youtube but a little different? Like i can’t explain…But like stretches, strength training or something like that??!

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Crystal May 20, 2013 - 8:08 pm

Or day in a life?! I dont know hehe

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