Want to get killer abs for your honeymoon without the endless monotony of millions of crunches? Turns out, it is possible. The secret? Planks. "They're very, very effective and they work the entire core," says David Kirsch, a celebrity trainer in New York City and creator of the David Kirsch Wellness Co line of supplements. Here, Kirsch shares three ways to take your plank game to the next level.
The intensified plank.
The standard plank is great, sure, but as Kirsch says, "raise the bar." Once you're in the regular plank position, stretch your arms and legs so that you're holding yourself up with your fingertips and toes. (It's tough!) Beginners should aim to hold the position for 10 to 30 seconds, increasing to a minute or more over time.
Get in a side plank position, but instead of resting on your forearm, hold yourself up with your hand and raise your other arm straight up so that your body forms a sideways T. Bring your top hand down, tuck it in under your torso, and bring it back up. Do 10 reps on each side.
The walking plank.
Get into a plank, then walk your hands back so that your body forms a pike or upside-down V, and finish by walking your hands back to the starting position. Repeat ten times.
For more quick (but killer!) plank moves, check out Kirsch's X-Press Plank Workout.