Mastering the Plank: build an iron core with this simple plank progression plan

“Mastering the Plank: build an iron core with this simple plank progression plan 

 

There’s a reason why the most basic exercises are usually the most effective ones for building strength - they are easy to master and they work.  What is the first exercise that comes to mind when you think of a leg workout?  I’m willing to bet the answer is Squats.  And just like the bench press comes to mind when you think of training chest, the first exercise that should stand out when you think of core strength is the Plank.  I’ll forgive you this once if you actually thought of crunches instead of the plank, but I guarantee it won’t happen again after I explain to you why Plank variations are the most basic AND effective tool for core training.

First off, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite fitness buzzword - core.  What is the core?  If you immediately said “abs” or 6-pack”, you would be...

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