4. Star Plank
How to do it:
With your elbow under your shoulder and your hips and feet lined up, get into a side plank and then lift the top leg. Reach your arm overhead and keep that body lined up! No shame in a little shake here.
Why I love it:
Why settle for a plain old plank when you can work your hips, glutes, and shoulders at the same time?
Be sure not to let your hip drop or move forward or backward away from your body. This move may also quickly reveal some imbalances from side to side. No worries – Functional Bodybuilding uses tons of unilateral movements to help with your structural balance from side to side, making you more powerful for bilateral movements too.
How to Progress:
This movement can easily be scaled down to a side plank on your forearm, or scaled up by adding a weight in your top hand. Try it with a bottoms up kettlebell if you’re a superstar planker!