Planks refer to the many ways we can hold the trunk of our body off the ground in a straight line. The plank exercise is one of the best exercises you can do to build strength and endurance throughout your core – abs, lower back, obliques, and hips.
This exercise improve your ability to stabilize your spine. This is essential for lower-back health and peak performance in any sport. Stability exercises are also highly effective at working the abdominal muscles that are visible – including the ones that make up your six-pack.
How to Perform the Plank Exercise (Technique)
- Start to get into a pushup position, but bent your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms instead of on your hands;
- Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles;
- Brace your core by contracting your abs if you were about to be punched in the gut;
- Hold this position for 30 seconds – or as directed – while breathing deeply
Plank tips & tricks
- Squeeze your gluteus;
- If you were to place a broomstick on your back, it should make contact with your head, upper back, and butt;
- Do not allow your hips to sag. Stay rigid;
- Your elbows should be directly under your shoulders;
- If you can’t hold the position for 30 seconds, start by holding for 5 to 10 seconds, rest for 5 seconds, and repeat as many times as you need to reach 30 seconds.
- 45-Degree Plank:
- Kneeling Plank;
- Elevated-Feet Plank;
- Single-Leg Elevated-Feet Plank;
- Extended Plank;
- Wide-Stance Plank with Diagonal Arm Lift;
- Wide-Stance Plank with Opposite Arm and Leg Lift;
- Swiss-Ball Plank;
- Swiss-Ball Plank with Feet on Bench