No time to work out? I recommend planks​

Doesn’t take long, but the effects do

At first glance, you would think that I have all the time in the world to work out, but nothing could be further from the truth.

It’s funny, because I’m so busy that I already consider shoots and humanitarian work as workouts! The adrenaline rush I get is more than enough. 

So what do I do when I can’t hit the gym? Planks. 

Yes, the routine we dread the most has served me well. Doing it often helps me with my form and balance, just so my body won’t get mushy until I get the opportunity to train hard again. 

To get us started, here are some simple planks to try:

Forearm plank

This is the standard variation. From 30 to 60 seconds, you’ll lie facedown while your legs are extended, elbows bent, and palms lie flat on the floor as support. You have to keep your feet and elbows apart, which should give you a bit of a challenge.

Straight-arm plank

If you’re thinking, “Wait, is this a push-up?” Well, it partly is, but in a static position. With wrists directly under your shoulders and toes on the floor, slowly step your feet one by one and press the floor away. Like the first one, you’ll need to hold that pose for 30 to 60 seconds.

Side plank

Now it’s getting serious! Though this will still target your deep core muscles, you’ll be engaging the obliques as well. Turn slowly to your side (right first) and stack your hips, knees, and feet while your right hand solely presses against the floor as support. Hold it for 30 to 60 seconds and do it again on the opposite side.

Dolphin plank

This is an easier one, and is a good exercise for the back and shoulders. From the forearm plank position, you’ll just raise your hips a bit high, and it’ll take off the pressure from the wrist joints.

Ready to kick it? You’re welcome.