Get Stronger Abs: Plate Switches

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of people having strong abs. They help support and protect the low back from injury, and they can help undo the damage that extensive sitting can cause. Also, I just think that strong abs are awesome.

Cuz abs.

Today, I’ve got an ab exercise that I love. But I also forget about it a lot for some reason. Maybe because even though I love this movement, it’s also a killer and I don’t particularly enjoy doing it. So I “forget” about them…kind of like the dishes in the sink, or the full trash can. Sorry honey, I “forgot” about them.

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But, now that I’m remembering them in this current moment, I’ll share the love with you.

Plate Switches


  • Set up in a plank position, with your feet spread wide.
  • Brace your abs, and squeeze your butt tight.
  • Reach one hand across your body and bring all the plates (one at a time) to the other side of your body.
  • Keep your hips from rocking side to side. This is really important. Rocking your hips will greatly reduce the efficacy of this exercise.

If you don’t have small weight plates, you can use anything else you have around in the 2-5lbs range.

I like to program these for 3-4 reps (1 rep=over and back with all weights).

You can make these more difficult by increasing weight, increasing the number of plates, increasing the number of reps, and slowing the movement down.

Feel free to share this move with someone who loves to have sore abs!

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