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We have all seen countless ads for exercise programs that promise a “flat belly.” Unfortunately, the promise of a flatter abdomen doesn’t mean a fit mid-section, which functions to support your spine and promote good posture, among other things. In fact, upon further consideration, a flat belly doesn’t account for a healthy core and the muscular development that goes along with it. An effective workout program for the mid-section consists of a targeted approach for all of the muscles surrounding the trunk.

In each of the next 6 newsletters we will be offering a exercise that works the muscles of abdomen and back, giving you the waist you both want and need. Perform this move for 4-8 reps if you’re a beginner and 10-16 repetitions for advanced exercisers, 2-3 times a week. For beginners, start on your elbows just holding a plank. Once you can hold a plank then advance to the rotation.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or need additional explanation. We’re here to help keep you strong and fit.

Side Rolling Plank

Begin in a full push-up plank position with the wrists below the shoulders, legs extended, toes tucked under and the abs engaged. Lift your right arm toward the ceiling, rotating the entire body to the right; keep the hips, legs and feet stacked. Hold for two seconds and then return to the starting position. Repeat on the left side. If this is too challenging, perform the rolling plank on the hands and knees.

Kelly plank series TP website

resource: ACE Fitness 1/2015