How to plank your way to a flat stomach & strong core

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Exercise your core & get that toned stomach with this ultimate belly blasting move. Ready, steady, clench.

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If you want a toned tummy by the summer – its time to start planking.

This intense core exercise is the best move to engage all the stomach muscles and it really will make a difference to the appearance of your abs.

Try the classic plank and then these variations to get crop top ready abs in no time. It's not fun, but it does work.

How to do a classic plank


Lie down on the floor. Now push up so that your legs are straight and resting on your toes and your weight is on your elbows and forearms.

Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. It's often easier to link your fingers together into a fist.

Engage your stomach muscles as tight has possible. And hold! Remember to breath deeply and don't let your stomach slouch. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.

How to do a side plank


A twisty version. Lie on your left side and prop your body up on your left elbow and forearm. Keep your legs straight and push your body up to form the straight line again from your shoulders to ankles.

Rest your right arm on your hip and engage your core again. Hold for 30. If you really want to push it – after 30 seconds of holding it, reach your right arm under your left armpit as and then stretch it back up above your body. Do 10 reaches.

Switch sides.

How to do a running plank


Start in the classic plank. Then push up so your arms are straight. In turn bring your left knee up towards your right shoulder, and then return to start. Now bring right knee up to left shoulder. Do 10 on each side.

Feel the burn.

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