4 Ways To Make Your Planks Harder
You already know that planks can be a great way to work your core. Of course, if you are doing planks fairly regularly, then you might end up getting a bit bored with them.
- How to make planks harder
- Unclasp your hands
- Add an incline
- Challenge your stability
- Add some resistance
Either that, or you might notice you aren’t really feeling the same burn that you used to. That can be a good thing! Maybe you just need to make your planks a bit harder!
How to make planks harder
Here are a couple of ways you can step up the intensity and make your planks harder:
1. Unclasp your hands
When you get into plank position, do you normally clasp your hands together (kind of like you are about to say a prayer)? Try switching it up. Unclasp your hands and lay your forearms and hands flat on the ground. Doing this reduces the chance of rounding your shoulders, as well as making your core work harder.
2. Add an incline
Make your plank even harder by adding a footstool or a step. This raises your feet slightly higher than your shoulders and makes your body work harder to maintain stability. You want to work as many muscles in your core as you can, and this move can definitely help with that!
You can also check out some plank variations that really work your abs like the plank with a leg raise.
3. Challenge your stability
Ready for a bigger dose of plank progression? Then you might want to challenge your stability. Grab a BOSU ball and place the flat side on the ground. Rest your forearms on the bubble and lift your knees to come into a full plank. Your body will work harder to help you maintain balance.
If you are feeling game, try flipping the BOSU over and gripping onto the sides for balance. It’s way harder than you might think!
4. Add some resistance
Another way to make your planks harder? Add some more weight! Try wrapping a resistance band (or Theraband) around your shoulders and holding the ends of the band under your hands. You can also put on a backpack with a few light items in it to add a little extra weight next time you are doing a plank. It may feel a little strange at first, but it can make a difference!
Step up your planks!
Planks are a fantastic exercise on their own, but sometimes it’s good to challenge yourself. As always, it’s really important that you know how to do a plank correctly before you try to progress to something harder. Correct form is everything!
What do you think of these ideas ladies? Are you feeling inspired to get planking? If there is an exercise you’d like to see modifications for, let me know in the comments!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.