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Ab Exercises for Women

Stacking Plank Push-Up

This twist on a classic will hit your abs, arms and chest.

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Remember those stacking ring toys that you played with as a kid? They’re the inspiration for this seriously effective exercise; do it and you’ll hit your abs, arms and chest in one fell swoop.

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Start: Get into a push-up position on the floor, with a stack of five five- to 10-pound weight plates in front of your left hand.

Action: Using your right hand, grab them one by one and stack them in front of your right hand; keep your shoulders level and don’t allow your hips to fall. When all the plates are on the right, perform 10 push-ups, then use your left hand to return the plates to their starting position. Rest for 30 seconds, then repeat twice.

Tip: Challenge yourself by doing a push-up each time you move one plate.