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Plank with Abduction/Adduction (on Elbows)

by Keli Roberts

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Planks train the abdominals to functionally stabilize the position of the spine and this plank exercise progression is a great way to do it. Start with a set of paper plates underneath your feet, which will provide some instability. Bring your hands forward into a full plank position and extend the legs. Then one leg at a time, abduct and adduct, or come out and in, with that leg to create disturbance for the abdominal muscles. To progress, take both legs out at the same time and both in. To increase the difficulty, move a little bit faster. When you go out and in, it really creates some disturbance. You have to stabilize and hold with the abs.

About the Presenter

Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts IDEA Author/Presenter

Keli Roberts?is a specialized tier-three personal trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, California. She is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and Gliding?, a Kettlebell® Concepts-sponsored athlete and is on the BOSU® development team. Keli is also known for her award-winning videos, books and training seminars. She is a spokesperson for ACE, a 2007 inductee to the National Fitness Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award.