New exercise time!

This is one of my favorites I’ve picked up from Best Body Bootcamp so far.

Move of the Week:  Reverse Plank

Step 1
Sit with legs positioned so that they are directly out in front of you.  Place your arms behind you, with hands palm down on the floor.  Straighten your arms and turn your hands in so that your fingertips point towards your back.

Step 2
Inhale and press up using your arms.  Lift your hips up towards the ceiling but do not allow your body to sag down.  You should try to maintain a straight line with your body from your shoulders to the heels of your feet.  Once you have hit this position, exhale and hold for the prescribed amount of time.  Start out by trying to hold for 30 seconds.

Step 3
If you are looking for a way to add an increased challenge for this move, add leg lifts while you are holding the reverse plank.  You should again start by sitting with legs outstretched, hands behind your butt, fingers forward.  This time as you press onto your hands, left your right leg and keep your hips raised.  That’s the tough part!  Hold for 3 seconds, then switch legs, alternating for a prescribed amount of reps.  Try 10 on each side, and don’t forget to breathe!

This move burns for sure!  But is a great way to change things up from my regular planks.  The reverse planks still work your core but also target your hamstrings, glutes, and triceps.  If you try this out, let me know!

You can also check out these past Move of the Week posts if you are looking for more “how to” exercise moves:

What’s your favorite way to vary an exercise you already do all the time?