Exercise of the Week

Plank Pickups

Let’s face it, while planks are great for core stabilization and strength, they’re pretty boring.  This little add-on takes the regular plank exercise and gives it a whole new spin.

As you can see here, you’re simple taking a dumbbell or kettlebell and placing it on the opposite side of your body.  Make sure to use the same hand as the side of the body the KB is on (If it’s on the left side of your body, pick it up with your left hand), and place it on the opposite side.  Reach as far over as you can without losing balance.  You want to keep your hips from dipping down very far whenever you rotate, so keep it within a reasonable range.  Also, your feet should be a little wider than normal in order to maintain balance.

 

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