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Exercise of the Week – Plank Hand Taps

Target Muscles: Core (Abdominals & Lower Back) and Glutes.

Plank Hand Taps - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High Wycombe

Both partners should lie face down on the floor, heads towards each other but far enough apart so that when you both reach out you can just touch hands. Then prop yourselves up with your elbows directly under your shoulders, forearms flat on the ground and your hands together below your chin. Keeping your spine, hips and legs straight, reach out with alternate hand (left to left, then right to right etc) to tap each others hands between you, as shown. Hold the positions continuing to tap for up to a maximum of  2 – 3 minutes.

This is the next exercise in our partner series, and a fun variation on the amazingly effective Plank exercise. The exercise engages most of the major muscles groups and is great to do at home as no equipment is required. It is advanced by pushing yourself to hold it longer each time you perform it, and the fun bit is always trying to out last your partner!