Toned Arms: Plank

The Plank

The plank is a great way to not only tone your arms, but to work your core muscles as well. Begin with a position similar to a push-up, but instead place your forearms on the floor. Keep your abs contracted while holding your body in a straight line for at least 10 seconds to start (trust us, you will feel the burn). After 10 seconds, take a break and give the plank another try with the goal of working up to holding the position for 30 to 60 seconds. This exercise is a favorite of many celebrities and will get you in tip-top shape fast! 

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Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.