And although you already know that the boards help tone your entire core, there are also some variations that focus on the work of your abs: kneeling faucets in planks and sweeps in planks. But between the two, which one do you challenge the most?
Do not be fooled by appearances here: Planked knee faucets may seem more advanced, but it's actually the plank sweeps that best sculpt the killer obliques. "Your abs is contracted to the fullest during the exercise so that they do not get any respite, and you have to withstand the weight of your leg moved under you," says Marc Perry, CSCS, founder from BuiltLean. "Plus, you have to do a complete twist to have the knee hit the opposite elbow, which fully functions the obliques."
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The two movements target the entire internal musculature: oblique internal and external, rectus abdominis and transverse abdominis. But in the other movement, moving the board to the downdog relieves the tension of your abdominals. more towards the shoulders and arms. Plus, if reaching the opposite leg creates a rotation, it does not put as much oblique to the test, adds Perry.
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Try everyone and you'll see who really burns better:
Plank Knee Taps: Enter the position of the board. Move your weight towards the balls of your feet, down the dog down, while you reach your right hand to touch your left knee. Return to the starting position and repeat, reaching your left hand to touch your right knee. This is a representative
Scanning Board: Suppose a push-up position with the arms completely straight. Your body should form a straight line. Slowly raise your left knee to your right elbow, then bring it back to your right elbow. Hold and return to the starting position. Repeat with the right leg. This is a representative.