by Nick Nilsson Brink Zone
Ski Jumper Planks for Abdominal Strength and Stability
This is a very simple version of the plank thatís going to shift much of the focus onto the upper abdominal area.
To do this one, youíll need something to set your hands on. Iím using a decline bench but you can also use the end of a flat bench or a even the seat of a char or a railing. What you use is not criticalÖyour body and arm position IS.
Set your hands about halfway up on the bench. Whatever object youíre using, your grip should be about a foot to a foot and a half off the ground to make this work.
Get yourself in the plank position, starting with your arms vertical. Now move your body forward until your waist is directly over your hands.
This shift forward takes away the direct vertical support of the arms that you have in a regular plank, changing the leverage of the plank. By doing this, you shift the focus primarily onto the upper abdominal area rather than spreading the tension through the entire core as with a regular plank exercise.
This body position looks very similar to a ski jumper, hence the name.
Hold this position for as long as you can until fatigue drops you. Now, even though youíre doing this with your body on an incline (which would be easier IF you were doing a regular plank), because your arms at a backwards angle like this, itís actually surprisingly challenging.
If youíve been looking for a way to increase the difficulty of the plank and/or to target your upper abdominals, this is a GREAT way to do it. Itís very simple and quick to set up and doesnít require much in the way of specialized equipment. Great for home (or travelling!) abdominal training.
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