Power Planks – Monday Moves

hannekePower Planks
Step 1 - Side Plank: Start in 1A, shoulders & wrist stacked. Lift top leg to 1B and hold for 10 seconds. Modification: if the side plank is too challenging, put the bottom knee down on the ground and proceed with exercise.
Step 2 – Low to High Plank: Start in elbow plank as in 2A with elbows and shoulders stacked, a wide chest, abs engaged and slightly tucked tail. Push up to position 2B. Make sure your back stays neutral, shoulder & wrists stay stacked. Return to 2A. Move with control. Repeat 10 times. Modification: keep both knees on the ground and proceed with exercise.
Step 3 – Arm Plank Balance: Start  in 3A with shoulders stacked over wrists, abs engaged and a neutral spine with slightly tucked tail. Bring right hand to left shoulder as in 3B keeping hips square to ground, repeat with left hand and do a total of 5 reps with each hand. Modification: widen your feet to make it easier to balance or do exercise with knees grounded.
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