Movement: The goal of the planche is to hold the body parallel to the ground, supporting yourself on just your hands. To accomplish this place your hands at shoulder width and your hands facing up and outwards at hip level. Press up and carefully incline your weight forward to balance your weight across your hands. Hold for time.
Benefits: The planche is a great exercise for developing strength, coordination and stability. It is also very difficult, and its variations are a great way to get a challenging workout without equipment.
Assists: Using parallel bars or hex dumbbells allows for a slightly easier grip.
Caution: Make sure you have worked up to the planche with appropriate progressions - it is a very challenging exercise and it is easy to hurt yourself if you do not have appropriate levels of strength. In particular, be careful not to allow your weight to fall forward over your hands, as this could clearly jeopardize the health and beauty of your face.