A couple weeks ago, we covered the plank. The plank is a great exercise to challenge your abs and really work on proper core training. Refer back to that post since it’s really the basis of the entire plank circuit.
The Plank circuit is combining a few exercises together. With the plank circuit, we will be adding the side plank and the glutebridge. These additional two exercises will really help reinforce the entire core. By working all four pillars, you’ll challenge each portion of the core, versus just training the abdominals alone.
The plank is going to hit the front side of the abs, the side plank will challenge the obliques, and the glutebridge will hit the hips and back side muscles. Working your way from one into the next is a great way to challenge yourself, but still have adequate recovery time for each muscle group to recover.
Watch the videos below and try putting each exercise in a circuit. For example, you can do 5-10 breaths with the plank, immediately move into the right side plank for 5-10 breaths, then the glutebridge for 5-10 breaths, and finally…finish with the left side plank for 5-10 breaths. Combining all four of these together will hit nearly every muscle that wraps the midsection. This is not only important for helping tone and tightens the trouble areas, but it will also help translate in strength and power in the gym.
Give it a shot and let us know how you like the circuit.