If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your at-home ab sessions, just pull up a chair.
Trainer Charlee Atkins, C.S.C.S., is a big proponent of using the implements available to improve your workouts, no matter how unlikely that “equipment” might be. Part of that resourcefulness comes from creativity, but it’s mostly due to necessity and her clients’ needs.
“A lot of my clients do their workouts from home with limited gym equipment, so I was tasked with finding new ways to add intensity to workouts,” she says. “Cue using furniture.”
One of Atkin’s favorite modifications for her workouts is to add height or introduce an uneven surface to make basic exercises more difficult. This plank variation is a perfect example of this ingenuity, as the move challenges you more than a standard hold.
“For this specific exercise the body requires a lot more attention to balance, arm strength, and core strength to complete,” says Atkins.
To perform the feet elevated plank walk, all you need is a chair or bench and some space to spread out. Just make sure the chair is stable enough to take your weight—an office chair on wheels would probably be a poor choice here.
- Start in push-up plank position. Squeeze your glutes and core to keep your spine straight.
- Step one foot on top of the chair/bench, then follow with the other.
- Keep your hips in line with your head and feet.
- Replace one foot, then the other back to the ground. That’s 1 rep.
Add the feet elevated plank walk to your at-home core workouts—or grab a bench at the gym, if you’re there—with 4 sets of 12 reps.
Want to learn more from Atkins? Check out our series full of her workout tips, Try Her Move.