Two plank exercises to tone your lower abs

Two plank exercises to tone your lower abs

Targeting the lower belly fat otherwise known as the “lower abs” area, can be tricky, but here are two exercises guaranteed to target this area and tone you up a treat.

Grab a towel and prepare to plank!

Inching Elbow Plank

Start off in the traditional plank position with your forearms on the floor, hands clasped together and your toes on the floor making a straight line with your spine, from your head to feet.

Then step your left foot towards your hands as you begin to lift your hips up slightly, quickly take another step in with your right foot, lifting your hips a little bit more.

Step the left foot in again, lifting your hips higher and then again with the right, so that your hips end lifted high in a pike position. Slowly inch back out, reversing the way you walked in, until you return to the starting plank pose. Do this 3-5 times.

Full Plank Passé Twist

Really target those hard-to-get-to obliques with a dynamic twist on the traditional plank.

Start in the full plank position with your feet together. Bend your right knee across to the left as you slide your right foot up to the inside of your left knee into a passé position (so your hips turn to the left and you pivot on the ball of your left foot). Slide your right leg back to start and then repeat to the left. Do three sets of ten.

Before long, with some dedication and practice of these two plank exercises you’ll start to notice the tummy fat disappear and those lower abs will start to make an appearance.

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Simon J.
24 September 2017

Simon J.

love the plank - but not barefoot as per the picture. All that gets me is painful toes!

Paula C.
20 September 2017

Paula C.

I did the inching elbow one last night when I was watching TV. It's surprisingly hard on the abs - but I can imagine doing it a lot now.

Claire H.
19 September 2017

Claire H.

I have never heard of either of these and just tried them - they are great! I really love the 'passe' one.

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