Happy Planksgiving {attack the abs from every angle}

planksgiving thanksgiving holiday plank workout to strengthen the core and build abs - https://www.nourishmovelove.com/happy-planksgiving-plank-workout

forget crunches, planking exercises are the foundation to building a strong, solid core.

planks are a staple of my daily workout regiment. whether it’s planking mountain climbers in a HIIT {high intensity interval training} circuit, planking leg pulses in a barre workout or pushups in a strength circuit…not a day goes by where I don’t do some type of planking. 

so it only felt natural to do a full circuit workout featuring the plank, and what better time of year than thanksgiving where i can use a fun little play on words — planksgiving.

the purpose of this planksgiving circuit workout is twofold:

  1. build a strong core with various plank exercises and attack the abs at every angle
  2. be mindful about what we are feeding our body as we approach the holiday season {i’m sure you’ve heard it before, but abs are made in the kitchen}

first, let’s address how you can build a strong core using this circuit today, as well as, how you can add this circuit into your everyday exercise routine.

planksgiving thanksgiving holiday plank workout to strengthen the core and build abs - https://www.nourishmovelove.com/happy-planksgiving-plank-workout

ways to incorporate this plank circuit into your everyday exercise routine:

  • use as a warm up to start your workout
  • use as a finisher to end your workout
  • add to your standard core strengthening routine {2-3 per week}
  • complete 5 rounds of the circuit for a more advanced core workout

the second part of the this planksgiving challenge is to be mindful of what we are eating and drinking {and feeding our core} over the holidays. i’m all about enjoying this time of year with family and friends which naturally comes with parties and family gatherings filled with food, drinks and treats.

planksgiving thanksgiving holiday plank workout to strengthen the core and build abs - https://www.nourishmovelove.com/happy-planksgiving-plank-workout

i try to maintain a very balanced lifestyle implementing the 80/20 method, especially during the holidays — 80% clean eating and 20% wiggle room to play with so you don’t feel deprived while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. eating clean and living a healthy lifestyle is not about deprivation, restrictions and being on point all the time; it’s about mindfulness, balance and consistency.

as you walk through the family Thanksgiving buffet line think of how the food your putting on your plate is going to make you feel after you eat it {good, energized, satisfied or bad, lethargic and craving more}. fuel up with 80% of the good stuff and save 20% for your favorite slice of grandma’s pumpkin pie with a big dollop of whipping cream or mom’s chocolatey, homemade truffles.

planksgiving workout: 

complete 10 reps per exercise
three legged downward dog + straight leg pulses – 10 reps
single leg downward dog + high plank knee pulls – 10 reps
high plank single leg cross-body knee pulls – 10 reps
side plank reach throughs – 10 reps
side plank hip lifts – 10 reps
repeat entire sequence on the other side
complete as many rounds as you can {recommend 2-3 rounds}.

planksgiving thanksgiving holiday plank workout to strengthen the core and build abs - https://www.nourishmovelove.com/happy-planksgiving-plank-workout

planking 101 – form notes

align your body in a plank position with shoulders stacked directly over wrists; heels, hips, shoulders and neck in alignment while pulling the belly back towards the spine. keep your legs actively engaged, squeezing your glutes and pressing your heels towards the wall behind you. planking is a total body exercise with extra emphasis on the core, but all muscles should be actively engaged.
you can always drop down to one or both knees to modify planking exercises.
for more core sculpting workouts you can add onto any workout check out these videos – pilates corebodyweight burnout cardio + core, stability ball coreadvanced stability ball core.
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