Planks are a great way to develop core stability and strength. (And remember, your core is not another word for your abs—it's a series of muscles, including your glutes and lower back, that stabilize the spine.) A strong core allows you to react to a ball hit in the gap or explosively drive a ball down the line.
- Lie on stomach with elbows bent underneath
- Raise body until only elbows and toes touch ground
- Keep body rigid and flat by tightening abs and butt
Sets/Duration: 3×30 seconds
Check out Willis McGahee's Plank to see how the two-time Pro Bowl running back incorporates the movement into his workout.