Primary muscles: Core, arms
Secondary muscles: Glutes, wrists, shoulders
Equipment: No equipment
UP DOWN PLANK INSTRUCTIONS
1. Start in a plank position, with your wrists under your shoulders and your feet hip-width apart.
2. Bend your left arm, place your left elbow on the mat and then bend your right arm and place your right elbow on the mat.
3. Place your left hand on the mat, straighten your left arm and then place your right hand on the mat and straighten your right arm.
4. Switch sides and repeat this up and down movement until the set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Engage your glutes, tighten your core, and keep your head, neck and spine aligned. Inhale as you bend your arms and place your elbows on the mat, and breathe out as you straighten your arms and place your hands on the mat.
The up and down plank strengthens and tones your core, glutes, arms, wrists, and shoulders. This exercise helps to improve your posture, tightens the midsection and boosts weight loss.
SETS AND REPS
Practice doing elbow planks first and, once you’re comfortable with your exercise form, add 2 or 3 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions of the up down plank to your core or full body workouts.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the up and down plank, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: