10 Core Exercises That Are Better For Your Back (and Body) Than Crunches

4. Long Lever Front Plank

Same set up except we are going to move the elbows further forward.

5. Front Plank

(armlift/leg lift/combo of both): These are three quick progressions to make a plank more challenging if you’ve mastered the 60-second hold.

6. Side Plank

Keep the elbow under the shoulder and shoulder away from the ear. This move targets the obliques. Again the goal should be 60 seconds. Once this is achieved we’d want to progress it to…

7. Side Plank with Leg Lift

Maintain the same position and lift the top leg.

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