Planks

Exercise / Abs
Plank

How to perform the exercise

1. To begin, get into a modified push-up position

 

2. Bend your elbows 90 degrees with both forearms resting on the floor.

 

3. Position your elbows directly underneath your shoulders and look straight toward the floor.

 

4. Your body should form a perfectly straight line from the crown of your head to your heels.

 

5. Your feet are together with only the toes touching the floor.

 

6. Hold this position as long as possible. Keep your abdominal muscles tightened to prevent bending in the hip area.

 

Remember:
  • Don’t overexert your Muscles
  • Form is important

Planks have been proven to be one of the most effective exercises to target abdominal muscles. Planks help condition and train your core, which strengthens your abs. However, if you’re not using the proper form when doing planks, you won’t see the results you expect.

 

CAUTION: If you’re a beginner, or not in optimal shape for exercise, start slowly! Consult a physician before starting a new exercise regimen.

 

Exercise Tips

  • Do planks everyday to build endurance.
  • Planks help reduce back pain by strengthening your core.
  • Doing planks properly helps improve balance.
  • Start slow, you will build endurance over time.

 

Variations

  1. The spiderman plank, is a variation of the standard plank and is also very effective for targeting abdominal muscles.
  2. Another popular variation of the plank is the side plank because it works so many muscles at once.