Skip Nav
Workouts
Burn Fat and Build Muscle With These at-Home HIIT Workouts
Workouts
These Are the Exercises 1 Trainer Swears by For Torching Stubborn Belly Fat
Reasons to Unfollow People on Social Media
Healthy Living
Try the KonMari Method on Your Social Media Feed; It Feels Like an Act of Self-Care
Why Decluttering Is Good For Your Health
Healthy Living
Research Suggests That Tidying Up Could Help You Lose Weight, and Our Joy Is Sparked
Healthy Eating Tips
20 Buddha Bowl Recipes That Are as Healthy as They Are Delicious

How to Do Plank Jacks

Add Cardio to Your Core Work With the Plank Jack

Holding a static plank is great for you core, but adding a jumping jack motion with your feet pushes this move to a whole new level. The plank jack is a great cardio move; it raises the heart rate while working both your lower and upper body.

  • Begin in plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your body in one straight line, and your feet together.
  • Like the motion of a jumping jack, jump your legs wide and then back together. Jump as quickly as you want, but keep your pelvis steady and don't let your booty rise toward the ceiling.
  • Do a total of 30 jumping jacks, which counts as one set. Then complete two more sets.

Check out the move in action! Kelly Ripa's trainer, Anna Kaiser, uses plank jack to warm up the arms in her 10-minute upper body workout. Anna adds a saucy little double bounce to the jumping motion, which makes the move feel more like a dance move than calisthenics.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Studios
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds