The Best Ab Exercise…EVER

A woman plankingWhat is the best ab exercise? What’s the best way to tone every angle of your stomach, including your obliques?

It’s called…a plank. What is a plank? Quite simply, it’s an isometric exercise for the abs (where you perform one action, holding still for the entire duration of the move). You may be learning the plank exercise for the first time or you may already use it regularly in your workouts. But guess what? Most trainers consider the plank to be one of the most effective abs exercises.

Muscular female doing core workout in the gym

Standard elbow plank – Hold for 60 seconds each rep

Not only does it strengthen and firm your abs, but also works all the core muscles — the back, hips, etc.

Body Parts: Core
Equipment: Mat
Reps: 1 Minute

How To Perform The Move

Place hands on the floor, wrists or elbows aligned under shoulders, and extend legs back so your body is straight from head to heels (shown in first photo). Another version of this is a side plank, where the right hand is…