Crazy New Ab Exercise: Double Plate Press!

Truth be told, the double plate press isn’t just an ab workout. It works your chest, forearms, biceps and shoulders – but I feel most of the burn in my abs.

I freaking love it!

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Locate two identical weight plates. Start small – with 5 lb weight plates. You really don’t need a lot of weight to feel this.
  2. Press the two weights together, holding them close to your chest. The smooth side should be facing outward. This is the starting position.
  3. Extend the plates straight out in front of you, so that your arms are parallel to the floor. You’ll really need to squeeze the plates together to prevent them from slipping! This is the most challenge piece of the exercise.
  4. Pause, and then return to the starting position.
  5. If you can do more than 8 or 10 repetitions, you’ll need heavier weights. Repeat for 1 – 4 sets, depending on your goals and available time.

It’s new, it’s different and it’s a lot of fun.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think. And, if you’re up for it – browse some of my additional ab tips and exercises.


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  1. That does look hard…and a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be trying this tonight, just to spice things up. BTW…is that Scott Herman in the photo?

  2. Hey Davey,
    Just to make sure I understand, this is a *standing* ab exercise? Can it be done seated, also? I have intermittent back problems that bother me during sit ups and leg lifts at times, so this will be very useful.

  3. I’m going to look like a complete weirdo at the gym, but why not, sure ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. adding a half twist to the left, pause, and then to the right gets the obliques involved as well..

    ~ cheers…. david

  5. Actually, it was fairly easy to do. I started with two 10# plates. I like how it works multiple muscle groups.