What’s better than an exercise move that targets one specific area on your body? An exercise move that targets multiple areas—obviously!
If you ask most people where the spot that they want to tone up the most, they’ll probably tell you somewhere in the midriff area. And doing this move is one of the best and easiest ways to strengthen your abs.
This move is also great for your back, which is one of the most common places people tend to strain. The move actually helps strengthen your back muscles so injury is less likely to occur.
This move doesn’t even require a trip to the gym so you can do it in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to be an award-wining athlete to be able to do it (or have much athletic ability either).
It doesn’t even require any equipment—all you need is yourself and, you know, a floor would be good (or maybe a mat for added comfort).
More pros: It’s easy to perform, you only have to do it for a minute maximum at a time, and best of all, it doesn’t even require you to change out of your pajamas (unless you really want to). Yes, folks, it’s that ingenious.
So what’s the multipurpose exercise move, you ask? It’s a reverse plank, and it’s going to change your life.
Besides helping the hard-to-tone areas like the back and abs, a reverse plank can also help your posture (especially important for people who tend to slouch) as well as improve your arm strength, tone your glutes, and help your balance. We just love that this simple move has so many benefits.
That said, while we’re glad it’s time the reverse plank got the credit it deserves, we can’t forget about the original plank—the move that always seems to have the limelight in the fitness world.
Planks have a ton of benefits as well. Besides the obvious like looking and feeling better, did you know planks can help your metabolism rev up? The faster metabolism you have, the more calories you burn. #science.
Planking regularly can also help you become more flexible. The position allows for the muscles surrounding the collarbone, shoulder blades, hamstrings, and even toes to stretch.
That said, as with any type of exercise, the most important thing to remember is to maintain proper form. When performing a reverse plank, you might find that your hips are going to want to sink down due to gravity, but it’s important to always readjust yourself and get back to where you started.
If that’s too much or you’re feeling a little off, try modifying the reverse plank by lowering onto your elbows and forearms instead of your hands.
Always speak with your health care provider about starting any new exercise routines. You should also always warm up and cool down appropriately.
Are you going to try out the reverse plank? For a step-by-step guide on doing a reverse plank, check out the video below!