ABOUT THE BOOK
Ab workouts are an important aspect of physical fitness because the movements strengthen your torso. The focus should not be on a six-pack or washboard abs, but instead should be on developing core strength that will support the rest of your body, any heavy lifting, and, perhaps most importantly, your back.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Megan Yarnall is a publicist and writer from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She studied English, creative writing, and Italian at Dickinson College, and wrote her thesis on the connections between humans, their bodies, and language. She graduated in 2010 after spending four years organizing all of her college's concerts. Megan has lived abroad in Italy and loves studying foreign language, linguistics, and writing. She's also spent some time working for an environmental company and writing about all things green. In her spare time she horseback rides, rock climbs, and travels. Megan also likes hiking through Acadia National Park, warm weather, photography, and doing her own DIY projects.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
To do a plank exercise, go into pushup position. Lower yourself to your forearms. Your elbow should be in line with your shoulders, and your body should be flat. Make sure your butt is not sagging or sticking up. This will make you engage your abs to hold your body in that position. Hold as long as you can, then take a 30 second rest. Repeat 3-4 times.
The Side Plank
For side plank, balance on one forearm, facing to the side. Raise your hips so your body makes a straight line. Hold as long as you can, then take a 30 second rest. Repeat twice, and then switch sides.
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