Can Planking At Home Really Help Me Get Thin?

Planking is a form of exercise that works primarily on the belly and is highly effective if you are trying to burn belly fat. This exercise looks simple but it requires a lot of strength and holding it for a longer duration can really make a difference to your physique.

Let Me Explain A Bit…

Plank involves holding a position that is somewhat similar to push-ups but not exactly. The weight of the body is borne by the toes and forearms (and elbows) and the belly is stressed. This form of planking is the most common and known as the forearm plank. There are other variations also like the side plank and reverse plank.

Plank exercise is usually a part of Yoga and Pilates and also used by boxers during their training.

What Can You Expect From It?

Plank, as stated, works on the belly. Alongside, it also strengthens the back and shoulders. It affects the following muscles:


  • Erector Spinae
  • Abs/Rectus Abdominis
  • Transverse Abdominis


  • Trapezius
  • Rotator cuff
  • Rhomboids
  • Medial
  • Pectorals
  • Dels
  • Serratus Anterior
  • Glutes
  • Quads
  • Posterior Deltoid Muscles

How To Do Plank?

My favorite is the forearm plank and I recommend it to everyone looking to reduce belly fat. I usually workout at home and Roberta’s Gym is my favorite YouTube channel for all work at home exercises. Here is a video from the channel that aptly shows how to do a plank and a challenge that is going to make you thinner and better.

You can also check out their other videos wherein they show all sorts of different exercises you can do at home and stay fit. You could try mixing different exercises and create a regime for yourself. Combining different exercises increases the efficiency of every exercise involved and you will be able to see the results for yourself.

Purnima is the brain behind #ootdiva and loves to brag about it. She is a personal stylist, a trained make-up artist and a professional content writer. You can follow her on Instagram at @PurnimaMadaan
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