Stop doing your basic ab workout. Check out these 5 plank exercises better than crunches.
Just like crunches, planks are a staple when it comes to training your abs. However, unlike crunches, planks can be very efficient if done properly.
Also, there are multiple variations of the plank that you could do to strengthen your midsection and this list should give you a good idea of what to do next time you hit the floor for some six-pack action.
A video with 5 plank exercises better than crunches was shared by coach Brian Klepacki, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, on Critical Bench.
5 Plank Exercises Better Than Crunches
According to Klepacki, these 5 plank exercises better than crunches are a must-do for any athlete looking to get their six-pack. They are:
- Single-Arm High Plank
- High Bird Dog Plank
- Single-Arm Low Plank
- High Side Plank (Top Leg on Bench)
These exercises are also referred to as isometric because they have no movement involved. Instead, you hold the position for a set amount of time each round.
In this case, you should hold the plank for 30-45 seconds. Perform 3 sets.
There is a slight chance that one or more exercise from this list is too easy for you. In this case, to apply progressive overload and continue challenging your core, simply add resistance. This can be done by adding weight with a plate or wearing a weighted vest to increase your body weight.
And that was Brian Klepacki’s 5 plank exercises better than crunches. If you don’t know how to perform one or more of these movements, click on his video below.