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Progression in planks can take the form of added resistance, like you would with other muscles. AKA, add load. Weighted planks. Or weighted reverse planks. http://www.allthingsgym.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Weighted-Reverse-Plank-Chinese-Weightlifting.jpg


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I'd recommend doing abdominal rollouts: If you have the space you do them with a barbell (provided the weights can freely rotate), or you can pickup an "ab roller' like the one shown above. They are quite cheap (I picked mine up for ~$5), light and compact. Once kneeling rollouts become too easy, its a matter of progressing to standing rollouts:


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I wrote a beginners guide to calisthenics on my site a couple of months ago. (Edit to add the workout) The basic format is 5 sets x 5 reps of the following exercises: Incline Push-ups Inverted Rows Bodyweight Squats Lying Leg Raises Short Bridges However if you can do chin-ups you're possibly a bit ahead of this. I do recommend you train for bridges ...


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The best bodyweight book I've read is Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade, this is the book that got me into calisthenics in the first place. I can also recommend all of Al Kavadlo's books as well as the Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline. The PCC blog has some excellent tutorials. Check out my own website Maximum Potential Calisthenics which features a ...


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In addition to the above information, I would recommend resistance bands. You can get those for a good price and they increase the variations you can do with body weight exercises. As a bonus, they are light enough that you can take 1 or 2 of them if you travel.



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