Planking is a great core exercise that builds stability and total body strength. Strong abs and glutes not only look great but also improve your posture and help support your back. The best part is that planking requires no equipment and can be done anywhere (so no excuses!)

There are many variations, and it does require a bit of practice to build up the time you’re able to hold the pose. I use Intervals Pro to set a 30-second timer with 5-seconds rest in between. I’m currently working up to holding for a couple of minutes at a time.

A few tips:
• Position yourself like you’re going to do a push-up and make sure your wrists are directly below your shoulders.
• You can stay here for a high plank or lower down to your elbows, ensuring your elbows are directly below your shoulders.
• Don’t forget to squeeze your abs and glutes while you hold your plank.

If you haven’t tried planking, I challenge you to try it for 30 seconds. You may surprise yourself and find that you can hold it even longer!