Plank Elbow Raises
Planks help to strengthen your upper body and core. Get into a plank position by lying on your stomach with your shoelaces touching the floor and your hands together. Your palms and elbows should be flat on the floor. Raise your body in a straight line as in the pushup position. Engaging your core muscles, push forward from your toes and lift your body and arms off the floor. Lower your body and arms slowly back to the starting position. Perform three sets of 20 to 30 repetitions.
You will need a ledge or a low bench, or even a chair that’s stable and heavy enough to not topple when you lean on it.
- Stand with your back to the bench and your feet together.
- Bend down to a seating position, so that your hands are on each side of your hips and resting on the bench.
- Your fingers should hang over the edge.
- Lift your butt off the bench without shifting your hands.
- As you lower your hips down toward the floor, your arms should slowly be parallel to the floor.
- Once your upper arms are both completely parallel to the ground, start pushing back upward with your hands/arms.