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Multitasking Move: Arms and Abs

I love multitasking, about this I cannot lie. I really love a multitasking exercise. Arms and abs are often what brides want to work in their pre-wedding Pilates sessions. Well, here are 2 types of elbow planks to get the job done, and they are not just for brides. Planks are a great way to get your body bikini ready.


Elbow Plank

Hold for 30 seconds

  • Pull your abs up toward the ceiling, but do not break at your hips
  • Really press through your elbows so you don't collapse between your shoulder bladesReach through your heels to activate the back of your legs and your booty (similar to weighting your heels when you do a squat)
Side Elbow Plank

  • Keep your waist lifted away from the floor, work those obliques
  • Press down with your elbow to keep your shoulder away from your ear
  • Reach through your top hand, this will make you feel lighter



Both exercises are fine to do if you have wrist problems since the weight is on your elbow, not your hands.

Try holding each plank for 30 seconds, and work up to holding them for a minute. These are great to do during commercial breaks while watching TV. Just put something under your elbows to cushion them.

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es_romo es_romo 10 years
Every time i do these i feel my body shake... Is this normal or am I doing them wrong?
Magica Magica 10 years
I love these. Tney're so hard though...
SU3 SU3 10 years
Those are some GREAT exercises - While doing the side elbow plank, I could really feel my obliques working! Nice! Thanks for posting - very helpful! :)
Michelle_S Michelle_S 10 years
i love how you mentioned the commercial breaks. a feww weeks ago my aunt was over and every commercial we had compition to see who can do longer planks, or who can do more pushups LOL. nice article, i never thought to do the side ones for obliques, ill have to try it
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I'm definitely going to try those!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I love the plank! They're killers but the payoff is amazing!
krisua krisua 10 years
These are killers, I mean doing them is a REAL hard job. I used to hate them, and now I've given up completely to avoid given up the whole idea of exercising...
vanyvrgs vanyvrgs 10 years
I do it all the time but don't feel my abs as much as my arms, what am I doing wrong? Help. Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strenght
Bee87 Bee87 10 years
It is indeed a wonderful exercise and I love doing it at the gym, it makes me feel really strong every time I can hold it a bit longer!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I love the elbow plank! It's such a great way to strengthen your core.
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