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Ab Plank 2: BOSU Ball Stability Planks (Black Side Up)

BOSU Ball Stability Planks

How To:

Flip a BOSU ball so that the hard side faces upwards. This also works with a balance board. Assume plank position with your forearms at shoulder width on top of the BOSU ball. Gently tilt your body and roll from side to side. Hold for 45 seconds.

Up the difficulty, up your growth: Stack your feet on top of each other.

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Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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  • How often do you do this…everyday? Ever other day?

    • Add 1-2 of these plank exercises into your ab routine and rotate them every workout.

      I recommend that you do an abs workout every three days in order to give your body enough time to repair, fully recover, and grow (do an abs workout, take two days off from abs, repeat). DO NOT work your abs every day, and even every other day can be counterproductive/a less efficient use of your time..

      • Bryan Balthasar

        This seems to go contrary to all the planking challenges all over Facebook and the internet that typically do 5-6 days on, 1 day off. Can you elaborate? Are the plank challenges not considered a “full” ab workout?

  • Beth

    How long should it take to start seeing results?

  • Love These Plank Variations

  • Resting in between days when doing plank exercises will help in recovery as stated and as a result you will notice you can hold the plank for longer when you come back to them after you have rested as your core will be stronger. Be sure to time yourself for each plank so you can keep track on your progress as this will motivate you to keep going…

  • bigbaddave

    Never got much out of them myself. It’s pretty much just an isometric exercise, that’s all. You don’t work your biceps or pecs doing mainly isometrics so why would you do it for abs? Good old fashion crunches, sit ups, leg raises work wonders. Do them slowly and breath out at the end of the movement to get better contraction. And when doing other resistance exercises hold your stomach taught. There is no easy and painless way to get a great body. Some folks are naturally thinner or more muscular, yes, but for the majority it takes hard work.

    • BiggerAnd BadderThanDave

      Wrong. If you read the article thoroughly, and correctly, you would have learned that planks work areas which regular ab routines do not. In addition, you’re strengthening your core, perhaps the most overlooked component of workouts. You ignore your core and you will suffer from a possible back spasms that will reduce a grown man to tears. Using your own bodyweight always triumphs over other weight work. Look at your average male gymnast. The bulk of their workout is the gymnastic work itself. They tend to look much more developed than those who push weights in the gym. GOT IT?!