planks, props

Planks with Props

9 variations of the go-to move

The plank is practically synonymous with core work, but its benefits extend beyond the mid-section. “A well-executed plank should engage the glutes, abs, lats, and thighs—pretty much every muscle in your body—to maximum capacity,” says Samantha Carmean, CSCS, a Tier X coach at Equinox 92nd Street. But, since planks are typically done for time, they can get a little boring. That’s why Carmean chose these exercises that add props from around the gym, like bands, sandbags, and cables, for fun and for an added challenge. “Keep your good form in mind while doing these drills; don't lose your tension because you're adding on an extra layer or complexity,” she warns. Work one or two of the following moves at a time into your regular workout routine.