For my new followers here was my best transformation picture! It took me a year to lose 55+ pounds. I lived a healthy lifestyle for about 17 months. The summer of 2014 I started going down hill and I’ve gained about 20 pounds back :( so now I am trying to get back to where I was and be happy with wherever I am!
Sit on the mat with your fingers facing away from you, with about 12 inches between your butt and your heels. Press through your glutes as you lift your butt off the floor, coming into a tabletop position.
Cassandra Bodlak, group exercise manager at Equinox Sports Club, recommends her clients do a slight modification that’s a little more challenging: when in elbow plank, flip your hands over so your palms are facing up. Pressing through an elbow plank with palms facing down will help keep back muscles engaged and clasping hands together in a fist will enlist your chest muscles to help stabilize you, but flipping your hands over will make your plank even more about the core, Cassandra explains. “Performing a plank with palms up [will] disengage some of the support from the muscles of the hand and forearm,” she says.
Another reason to go palms up? You’ll help unround those hunched-over shoulders. “It takes the pronator teres (one of the major forearm muscles) and positions it in what is called the ‘anatomical position’ (palms forward when standing, palms up when prone in a plank), which is the most desirable position in which to function,” Cassandra explains. “We are all busy typing on keyboards these days, encouraging a particular position of the forearm: palms down. Simply repositioning the forearms in your plank helps to create a balance.”