Sliding planks

by Allie Smith-Cobb


The same o' plank gets old! So let's add a sliding dumbbell to it! Because we want to strengthen the core, keep those hips still and don't let them sway left and right. To help, place your feet wide. Sliding a 5-10 pound dumbbell should be plenty.

About the Presenter

Allie Smith-Cobb

Allie Smith-Cobb Author/Presenter

Hello! I understand how hard it is to pick a trainer. You want someone you feel comfortable telling your story to, and someone you can be honest with about your biggest insecurities. So I'm going to lay myself out there and tell you about me! I like long walks along the beach, a warm fire to cuddle up next to to read a romantic book... Okay, just kidding. I grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho where I was a four year letterman in track-and-field. I also played volleyball. As I got older I participated in co-ed flag football and indoor soccer. So you can say I've always been active. Growing up with all that competition, as an adult you get bored quick. We all know what comes with boredom, FOOD! A lot of it and the unhealthy type. I had this theory in college that if I ran 4 miles a day 5 days a week that I could eat all the delicious, unhealthy food I wanted and not get fat. And I was partially correct. I wasn't fat. You will never hear this HUGE transformation from me about me losing over 50 pounds. I honestly never had that much to lose because I was also so active. DON'T let that fool you though, I did have something to lose and a whole lot to gain. I had two bad phases when it came to my body. I was heavy and not eating well. I was also very skinny and not eating at all. When I was my heaviest I weighed 155-160 pounds- I'm not sure what my body fat percentage was but I would guess it was high 20's. When I really skinny I got myself down to 135- again don't know what my body fat percentage was. But to get myself down to 135 I was running up to 6-7 miles a day and not eating. You can ask Logan, he knew me at this time and I looked sick! I was sick I would love to blame the bad relationship I escaped but it was all me and how I dealt with insecurities. I ran to escape and when running didn't work I partied. Late nights, drinking, and running can really have a bad effect on your body. But again I was that unhealthy skinny girl. So I had to change something- well I started to date Logan around this time. Logan can eat all day and not put a pound on. And the girl inside me loves food... I mean I really LOVE food. So our dates turned into hitting McDonald's drive through at 11 pm, going out to dinner, going to the movies with the largest popcorn. I started to put on weight as you can imagine. Now I still had that theory from college, I could eat what I wanted as long as I ran a lot each day. Well the day came when Gold's Gym had their 12-week challenge. I signed up to see what I was capable of. Logan didn't think I would really do it, because I was eating junk food for breakfast, fast food for dinner, and running too much. But if you ever want me to do something, just tell me you don't think I can. I'll prove you wrong! I started to track my food and started to eat better. I started lifting with Logan- I still ran, because you can take my junk food but you can take my running! Plus I had this little competition with myself to see how fast I could run 4 miles. I got pretty good! Long story short, I created a monster! Four years later I am a lean, mean, muscle machine! ha! No but I've learned a lot since then. I eat to fuel my body, not just my cravings... but if my craving won't shut up, then it get's fed too. I don't run more than 2 miles and even than it's rare. I lift... a lot... because I like to! And here's the crazy thing, I weight 158, about the same as my worst self! It has nothing to do with the number on the scale, it has everything to do with how you feel. I enjoy the little joys in life here and there, but I also don't throw away all my hard work. That's what I try to teach my clients. It's all about balance, I will never take anything you love away from you. But if it's not healthy I will make you eat only a healthy amount of it. The Fitness Life is about MODERATION! I eat clean 80% of the time so 20% of the time I can indulge.