Planks have become a pretty popular exercise for people trying to improve their abdominal strength, but let's face it, they are
b-o-r-i-n-g! Generally you try holding them longer and longer, but is this really the best way to do them? Here is a quick "hack" for you to try. Do it correctly and 20-30 seconds of planking turns into a pretty good ab workout!
Instead of just "passively" staying in the plank position, try pulling "backward" with your elbows and forearms, forcing your abdominal muscles to "actively" engage in the exercise. Don't change your position, but pull firmly with your arms while contracting your abdominal muscles. This will turn those boring 2:00 planks into something much harder. So get down on the floor and try an "active plank" today!