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I did plank X for a week – here’s what happened to my left

The basic plank is a great exercise for building your core, which can help prevent back injuries and is great for overall stability and posture. It’s not the most exciting move in the world, but there are many variations that can add to the challenge and get other muscles involved in the work. One of these is X plank. Not familiar with it? It wasn’t until my editor set me the challenge of doing it every day for a week. Again, I couldn’t thank her enough.

A tricky move, because there are two movements that use the same name. The static version goes like this: Get into a plank position, but with your arms and legs spread apart, and hold. I tried this for comparison: I found that my lower body was working hard right away, as was the outside of my thighs. It’s something I think I’ll come back to. But I wanted to try the dynamic version, where you move from a plank into a downward-facing dog position and tap each leg or ankle with the opposite hand. For the first few days of the challenge, I was hoping to go for the first option.

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