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Start by holding a front or side plank for one commercial. Then, hold for two commercials, then three, and so on. You should max out around two minutes if you complete the challenge. Progress gradually! If holding the front plank becomes too much, go back and forth between front and side plank as you need. Just don’t let your hips or knees touch the floor as you switch positions.

FRONT PLANK: Start on your forearms and toes. Make sure your bum isn’t up in the air and your lower back isn’t arched. Engage your core. SIDE PLANK: Balance on your right forearm and the outside of your right foot. Stack your left foot on top of the right. Keep your hips in-line with the shoulders.CARRIE COCKBURN/The Globe and Mail

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