3 New Ways to Do a Plank

Strengthen your abs, shoulders, and legs with these creative twists.

Muscles are masters of adaptation: Once they get used to a movement, they stop getting stronger—and you stop seeing results. To prevent plateaus (and boredom), you need to keep changing your workout. An easy way to do it: Replace one of your go-to exercises with a new version. In this series, trainers share a few of their favorite fresh takes. Sub them into your routine to keep the results coming.

ORIGINAL MOVE: Plank

BENEFITS: Mention the ‘core’ and planks naturally come to mind. But this exercise strengthens more than just your mid-section. Holding your body in the raised part of a push-up position challenges nearly every muscle in your body from shoulders to toes.

NEW MOVES: Plank hip abduction into pike; alternating plank reach to hamstring kickback; ViPR plank and drag.