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Want Great Abs? Switch Up Your Plank Position!

Today's Workout Wednesday fitness tip from Frank LaCoco, personal trainer at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge, tells you the best way to do a common ab and back exercise.

Holding a plank for minutes at a time? No plank you, says trainer Frank LaCoco of Five Seasons Family Sports Club. 

Planks are great exercises for your abs and lower back, but holding a plank for longer than 90 seconds is unnecessary—the "Groundhog Day" of ab exercises.

Instead of holding the plank for minutes at a time, challenge yourself by changing your position. Try extending an arm forward while keeping your chest and hips parallel to the floor, or lifting a leg hip height off the ground. These small modifications increase the intensity of the plank and put those abs and low back muscles to work! 

Frank LaCoco is a personal trainer at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge. He can be reached at w1ltd@comcast.net or 708-710-9422.

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