We've told you how to do planks, and why to do planks, and what to do instead of planks when you get bored of planks. But there's a critical thing about planks we forgot to tell you: You don't have to hold the position until you collapse.
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When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups at school for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise? That's actually a simple question. No way! There are far better ab exercises than a simple sit-up, which can exacerbate back problems and only focuses on one small area of the abdominals.
For a (thankfully) hot minute, planks reached viral status when everyone tried to "plank" on ridiculous surfaces. In fitness, planks are a legit ab exercise, but there's no need to treat them as the "one ab exercise to rule them all." You might be better off with push-ups, which are basically leveled-up planks.