ONE EXERCISE YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT
I frequently am asked about some of my favorite exercises. Although there are several that I am a huge fan of…there is one in particular I refuse to do without.
It is “The Plank”.
The Plank may look easy, but this really can be deceiving.
The reality is, it takes a lot of strength, as well as endurance in your abs, back, and core to hold this position.
This is one of my absolute favorite exercises. In my opinion there are few other exercises that are as good at building your core as the plank.
When you perform the plank, you are strengthening your core muscles.
Sometimes our core muscles can be overlooked while we are training other parts of our body.
When you plank, you are strengthening the muscles in your mid section.
This is important because these are the muscles that you use to perform almost every other type of movement.
That means, having a stronger and more stable core, will help you to be more effective while you are performing other exercises.
For example, when you are lifting for your legs or your arms, the stronger your core is, the better you will be able to perform those exercises.
I could go on and on about all the reasons why you should incorporate the plank into your regular routine, but I have narrowed it down to my top 5.
My top 5 reasons for planking:
1. It's great for a flatter, more toned belly.
2. Improve the muscles that support your entire body for every day movements.
3. Increased ability to lift weights and perform higher impact exercises, like jumping or sprinting.
4. Better posture and less back pain.
5. Improvement in your balance.
How to do The Plank:
1. Lay on your stomach on the floor.
2. Get into a pushup position.
3. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms - resting your elbows directly under your shoulders.
4. Keep your torso tight, while holding your body in a straight line.
5. Breathe while you are doing this - do not hold your breath.
Hold the plank for 30 to 60 seconds and then repeat for 2 to 4 sets.
The more that you do this, your ability to hold this position will continue to improve over time.
Stick to it, and begin to enjoy all of the benefits you will gain as a result.