Exercise of the Week — July 26, 2010

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 by in Exercises

Tree Plank

Targets: Shoulders, chest, back, and abs

With back to a tree, get on all fours so that heels are a few feet away from tree trunk. Place both forearms on ground, elbows underneath shoulders.

Straighten legs behind you one at a time and walk feet up tree until body is parallel to ground. (Beginners can keep feet on ground for a traditional plank or rest feet on a low step instead.) Hold for 10 seconds, then rest 10 seconds. (As you improve, increase hold and rest by 10 seconds until you can hold for a full minute.) Do 2 reps.

Tip: To make it easier, walk your feet higher on the tree trunk while still keeping your abs engaged and back straight. To make it more difficult, do push-ups while in the plank or split legs to make it a one leg plank.

This is a great exercise and really gives you the feeling of exercising outside the norm and conquering a crazy exercise.

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