Core Exercises, 4 of 4: Elevated Plank with Alternating Toe Touches


The Foundation for Fitness in the new year begins with an appointment with your physician to assess your overall health relative to your capabilities, as to whether you can increase the frequency, intensity, and volume of an existing exercise program, or for beginners, who’ve made a commitment to take back ownership of their health.

From a biomechanical standpoint, a good place to start is the CORE – composed of 29 muscles, that work synergistically together to help protect your spine. The core is the transition point, where power is maintained or lost between extremities.

Elevated Plank with Alternating Toe Touches

Assume an elevated V-position with the extended arms and legs shoulder-width apart. While holding the V-position, alternate touching the right hand to the opposite foot. Adjust the V-angle to make. The movement is harder or easier. Try 10 touches.

Variation: Assume an elevated plank position and alternate bringing each bent knee toward the elbow on the same side.