If you’re looking for ways to improve your abs, you are probably trying to figure out how to fit more crunches into your daily workout. But, according to fitness experts at bodybuilding.com, this may not be the best idea. This is not to say that crunches are wrong, it’s just that there may be a more effective way to improve your ab workout. And that would include planks. If you think they are boring and aren’t doing much for your body, chances are you are doing them wrong. Read below to find out the proper form for your plank workout and for new ways to make them fun and effective.


1. Form

Before you decide to incorporate planks into your session, you must learn how to do them right. If you don’t have the right form, you will likely find yourself with low back problems that are not helping your ab workout at all. Start off by getting into a plank position – propped on your forearms with your elbows in line with your shoulders and your toes planted firmly on the floor. It’s important that your low back is not sinking or arched. Also, be careful not to shrug your shoulders toward your ears. Keep your head neutral – do not let your neck look up or down too low. Try staring at your fists in front of you for a good head position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles.