Pro Surfer Lakey Peterson Says the 8-Point Plank Is Her Go-to For Core Stability

Lakey Peterson is a pro surfer vying for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Games - she'll find out at the end of November based on the final rankings of the Women's Championship Tour, she said. Each competitor is awarded points based on their placing in each event, and there are 10 stops total. When the season comes to a close, the surfer with the most points is the highest ranked and wins the world title. So far, Lakey ranked second after the eighth stop, Roxy Pro France. As for the Olympics, this will be the first time surfing is featured.

Lakey, 25, who's been competing as a pro since 2012, told POPSUGAR that her training schedule depends on the competition and how far along the season is. During preseason, for instance, February is her most intense month. She tries to average around four hours of surfing per day: a two-hour session in the morning and a two-hour session in the afternoon broken up by two hours at the gym. During the surf season, she doesn't ever train on competition days, but throughout the contest she'll "just try to keep warm and keep everything firing and functioning well."

Those gym sessions typically have a full-body approach. Lower-body, for Lakey, consists of weighted exercises - though she doesn't load too heavy, she added - like Bulgarian split squats, hamstring curls, and side lunges. For upper-body, she does a lot of push-ups and pull-ups, and she'll generally tack on some cardio at the end via the treadmill, Assault bike, VersaClimber, or SkiErg. She always works core stability, too, because that's key for a surfer.

Lakey normally does Turkish get-ups and bear crawls, and her favorite core stability move is the eight-point plank. "You're on your forearms and your knees are bent, but resting on the ground, and your toes are on the ground," she explained. (Eight points of contact: hands, elbows, knees, and toes.) It's hard, she said, and makes for an excellent core stability exercise. Ahead, check out how it differs from a regular plank and what a trainer has to say about its effectiveness.