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New Year, New You: Plank exercises to tighten your core

Ron demonstrates a modified plank. (Source: NBC12) Ron demonstrates a modified plank. (Source: NBC12)

We're on your side helping you maintain your fitness goals in 2018. Fitness trainer and bodybuilder Dorrie Smith is sharing tips with us all month long.

Today, it's all about working on your core with planks. These are exercises you can do right in your home.

"I have Ron here demonstrating a core exercise for you known as the plank exercise," said Smith. "He's doing a modified version of this exercise. He's keeping his core tight. Keeping his rear end level, and keeping his neck and back in neutral as he does this exercise. When you incline your body, it just takes a little bit more of the body weight and the pressure off your exercise."

Part 1: Henrico trainer gives tips for 2018 fitness goals

Part 2: Plank exercises to tighten your core

Part 3: Exercises to strengthen the shoulders

Part 4: Pushups to strengthen arms and chest

Part 5: Building and defining triceps

Part 6: Working the glutes on leg day

Part 7: Strengthen your oblique muscles

Part 8: Working the back muscles

There is a more advanced version of a plank that you can do as well.

"I'm going to transition over here to Chantel, who is doing the advanced version of the plank. And she's actually keeping her butt centered. She's keeping the body and the neck in neutral, and then she's just right here up on the balls of her feet. and she's really just using all core. This is a good stabilizer and core strengthening exercise."

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