It’s week two of our eight week barre at home project with Pure Barre Baltimore! (Yes, we’re bringing the experts to YOU.) This week, we’re going for a total body move: the plank. 

“This is a total body exercise,”said Nicholette Dunleavy, owner of Pure Barre Roland Park and Pure Barre Harborside. “It strengthens shoulders, wrists and core, and uses back muscles to stabilize.” 

Pure Barre Exercise 2: The Plank

Pure Barre Baltimore - (cool) progeny; Photo by Laura Black

Come to your forearms. Feet hip width apart. Pull your abs in. Keep your neck in line with your spine.

Float your right foot off the floor, point your toes. Hold for 30 seconds.

Pure Barre Baltimore - (cool) progeny; Photo by Laura Black

Set the right foot down, float your left foot off the floor, point your toes. Hold for 30 seconds.

Place both feet on the floor. Press heels back for 30 seconds.

Pure Barre Baltimore - (cool) progeny; Photo by Laura Black

Come to a straight arm plank with hands slightly wider than your shoulders, soft bend in arms, draw your right knee in towards your chest. Hold for 20 seconds.

Set the right foot down, draw your left knee in towards your chest. Hold for 20 seconds.

Place both feet on the floor. Hold straight arm plank for 20 seconds.

Pure Barre Tip

The Pure Barre secret to a great plank? Press balls of feet down, engage the legs and seat.

Editor’s Note: Many thanks to our mom-del Jackie Obrecht for showing us the week one moves! And a huge thanks to Lululemon Towson for personally fitting our models during this series. You can get the momdel personal fit treatment by visiting their store and telling them (cool) progeny sent you! This article is sponsored by Pure Barre Baltimore.