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Plank your way to firmer abs

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Tone ab muscles are hard to come by. 

But if you want to make it happen, Fitness Trainer Tamatha Crowson says it requires more than just doing sit ups all day.

“You have to get cardio exercise in,” Crowson said. “That’s your big calorie burner.”

She also says diet plays a big part.

“You can exercise all day long if you want, but if you’re not paying attention to your diet you’re never going to see what’s under that layer of fat,” Crowson said. “Making sure you’re eating lean protein, lots of fruits and vegetables, hydration, watch the sodium because that can cause bloat.”

Crowson shares 3 great planking exercise to get started that do not require any equipment. 

1.    Wide runner: In a push up position, keeping your shoulders over your hands and your hips down, bring one knee to the outside of your elbow and then back to the starting position.

Repeat on the other side.

2.     Diagonal runner: It is the same concept as the wide runner, but instead of bringing your knee to the outside of your elbow you’re going to bring your knee under your body and to the opposite elbow. 

Repeat on the other side.

3.    Frog jump: Go back to the plank position.

From there, push off your toes, bringing your knees in and your feet together, then hop back to the starting plank position.

Crowson says the goal is to be able to do each exercise for 1 minute.

She says complete all three exercises in a circuit, take a short break, and repeat.

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