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How to conduct a Plank Cross Toe Touch - JLM Women's Fitness

by Jennifer Mirzabegian (Wilkinson)

Description

Move of the week: Plank Cross Toe Touch: This power yoga move is phenomenal to tone and tighten your entire body as well as get a good stretch in. Targets: Core (abs & back), Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, Upper back and Quads Step 1: Get into a standard plank position. Make sure your abs are tight, body is in a straight line, hips are parallel to the floor and your shoulders are directly over top of your wrist. From here, step your feet out further apart from one another (mine are about 3 to 3.5 ft away from each other). Finally, extent one arm forward, up by your head. Step 2: In this step, you'll basically be doing a crunch with a twist :) Take your hand that is extended and reach for the opposite foot (right hand to left foot). To help you achieve this move, you'll need to crunch your abs in and lift your hips to the ceiling. Touch your foot and return back into a plank position with your extended arm by your ahead, to complete one rep for this side. Repeat each side for a total of 8-15 reps, 3-4 times throughout your workout. For my beginners: Start off by just holding step 1 for as many seconds are you can (each side), until you build strength over the next couple weeks. Once you feel you have a One Armed Plank down, move onto step 2. Note: Remember to always have your shoulders back and away from your neck with your core (abs) tight throughout the entire exercise. If you can't reach your feet, you may not have your feet spread wide enough for your flexibility range. Also as in any plank position, it's important to never drop your hips too low to the ground. You'll want to make a straight line with your shoulders, hips and feet, to protect your back. Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jlmWomensFitness

About the Presenter

Jennifer Mirzabegian (Wilkinson)

Jennifer Mirzabegian (Wilkinson) IDEA Author/Presenter

Jennifer is a nationally recognized Certified Personal Trainer through National Personal Training Institute, of Chicago (NPTI). She specializes in women's weight-loss, toning, flexibility, stabilization and endurance work ranging from beginner to advanced workouts. She'll help you launch a smart exercise program, move beyond stubborn plateaus, and reenergize your workouts right in the comfort of your own home. Her love for physical fitness began years ago back in middle school. Her background includes cheerleading, soccer, water skiing and field hockey. As well as watching the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks play. Jennifer believes that physical fitness leads to more confidence, higher energy, achieved accomplishments and success in many areas in your life! All you need is determination and a positive attitude, but most all…belief in yourself!