Benefits of a Plank
- They work your upper and lower abs as well as your obliques and lower back
- Builds stabilizer muscles
- Builds overall strength making every day activities easier to perform
- Promotes good posture and helps prevent back injuries
- Teaches your abs to stay contracted when in a regular standing position
- Improves balance and sports performance
- Prevents osteoarthritis as well as muscular joints and aches
- Maintains digestion and metabolism
How to Do the Basic Plank
- Get in the pushup position, only put your forearms on the ground instead of your hands. Your elbows should line up directly underneath your shoulders. Toes on the ground.
- Squeeze your glutes and tighten your abdominals.
- Keep a neutral neck and spine.
- Create a straight, strong line from head to toes – a plank, if you will.
- Hold that position.
Things to Remember
- Don’t let your hips sag down to the ground. Sagging hips makes the exercise initially easier, but it’s not a plank and it defeats the purpose of the exercise.
- Look down at the ground. This is a good prompt for maintaining a neutral neck position.
- When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.
TRY A PLANK TODAY!!! HOLD IT FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU GO!!