Primary muscles: Core, arms
Secondary muscles: Glutes, wrists, shoulders
Equipment: No equipment
PLANK SHOULDER TAPS INSTRUCTIONS
1. Start in a plank position, with your wrists under your shoulders and your feet hip width apart.
2. Touch your left shoulder with your right hand and return to plank position.
3. Touch your right shoulder with your left hand and continue alternating sides until the set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Tighten your core, engage your glutes, and keep your spine, head and neck aligned. Breathe out as you touch your shoulder with your hand, and maintain your back flat and your hips level with the floor.
The plank shoulder taps trains and strengthens your core, glutes, arms, wrists and shoulders. This exercise helps to reduce lower back pain, improves your posture and flexibility, and tightens your midsection.
SETS AND REPS
Do 2 or 3 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions. To improve core strength and acquire proper exercise form, practice doing elbow planks first.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the plank shoulder taps, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: