Have you become bored with regular old planks or find them to be a little too easy? Then the Plank Tap – or Pledge Plank – might be just what you’re looking for. By adding a little movement to your planks you’ll not only find them to be a little less dull, but you’ll notice the intensity-factor will go up a notch or two! This move is a great dynamic alternative to planks and strengthens your core, glutes, arms, wrists and shoulders.
How to do a Plank Tap:
- Start in a push-up plank position with your hands under your shoulders and your body in good alignment
- Slowly lift up one hand to touch your opposite shoulder or chest area before returning to the start position
- Alternate arms
- Perform 8-10 taps per side
- Keep your hips and shoulders square to the floor (belly button and nose should remain pointed down)
- Keep your torso as still as possible and avoid rocking back and forth during the movement
- Breathe in as you pull your hand up and out as you place it back on the floor
- Take your time – these should be done slowly
- Remain tight through the core with the belly button drawn in and glutes tight
- If this move is a little challenging, modify it by coming down to your knees.