Workout Routines

Today's Workout 18: The plank-only circuit for a concrete core

These variations will exhaust your abs and strengthen your center.

Man Does Side Plank Exercise For Core Workout Routine
Duration 30-45
Exercises 4
Equipment X

It's time to target your core and build solid strength in your center. The good news? You only need to know one basic exercise that we're pretty sure you've already mastered.

The plank. 

You'll start off with a traditional plank before moving on to three of its core-forging variations—the body saw plank, star plank, and side plank. While each different version of this longtime gym standard is designed to target specific areas of your stomach, all four together will have you feeling an intense muscle burn throughout your entire midsection. 

Directions

You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll complete each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've finished all exercises, rest for 30 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for 5 to 10 rounds.

Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest period. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.

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Today's Workout 18 The plank-only circuit for a concrete core (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
Plank thumbnail
-- sets
20 sec. reps
-- rest

Exercise 2.

Body saw plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
Body saw plank thumbnail
-- sets
20 sec. reps
-- rest

Exercise 3.

Star plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
Star plank  thumbnail
-- sets
20 sec. reps
-- rest

Exercise 4.

Side Plank You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
Side Plank thumbnail
-- sets
20 sec. reps
30 sec. rest
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