Did I really just say that?
Well…no matter what day it may be, every day is another day to be healthy & happy.
Since it’s Monday, I focused on a “dreaded” 8 Minute plank….
What You’ll Need
+ Gymboss Interval Timer
+ Exercise Mat
This workout consists of four different exercises; Plank, Elbow Plank, Push Up, Side Plank.
& its 100% tabata style.
Get out your timer and set it at 8 rounds of 10 seconds rest and 20 seconds maximum work. This is equal to 1 tabata round.
1st round: High Plank to Elbow Plank
2nd round: Push Up & Alternating Side Plank
After the first round of tabata give yourself 60 – 90 seconds to rest & begin round 2.
*Remember to keep your core super tight!
The Exercises Explained:
HIGH PLANK TO ELBOW PLANK: Begin in the plank position with your palms on the ground and your arms straight. Keep your back straight throughout this entire exercise. Do not drop your hips as this will cause a curve in your spine. When the timer goes off, bend your right elbow as you lower your body onto your elbow and then repeat with your left side. Now you are in the plank position on your elbows. Immediately bring your right side back to starting position and then your left side. Repeat.
*If you find this exercise too hard you can raise your hips a little to help take some of the weight off your abdominals.
Remember if you do this, your abdominals will not be getting as good as a workout!
PUSH UP TO ALTERNATING SIDE PLANK: Begin in the plank position, with palms on the ground. Bend your elbows as you lower your chest into the floor. Remember to keep your back straight and your core tight. Push through your triceps/chest muscles as you come up lift your right hand off the ground and twist your torso bringing your right side towards the ceiling. Point your fingers towards the ceiling. Release position back into the push up and repeat with left side.
*Continue alternating sides after each push up.
I love tabata workouts because they have such excellent fat burning potential. Remember to push yourself as hard as you can to complete as many reps as you can without losing proper form.