Nine hours and eleven minutes: That’s the world record for longest-held plank! But you don’t have to be a planking superstar (thank goodness!) to get the full-body strengthening benefits that planks provide.
And more than just chiseled abs, strengthening your core with planks will help prevent back injuries and help maintain a healthy posture. They’re also easy to learn, and you can do them at home, in your office or while traveling, so there’s no excuse to avoid them! If you’re getting bored with the standard plank, however, here are nine other variations to help break up the monotony.