Dropping into a plank is not the most glamorous of exercises. This is no fancy, dynamic moves, and it almost seems too simple. However, performing a plank correctly can provide amazing benefits for your fitness! Here are some of the benefits of planks that we’ve experienced.
Developing a strong core is vital to promoting a healthy body. Planks are one of the best ways to do so, creating a rock hard core that is able to hold that wonderfully straight line from the top of your head to your feet.
Planks are also great for promoting good posture! We live in a society of slouchers, especially with all of us on our phones 23 hours out of the day (guilty). Planking is a great way to combat this, and to create alignment of the spine! Holding this still position and making sure that your head doesn’t crane up or down is extremely important.
Planks are also, although they may not seem like it, a total body exercise! You’re using your upper body to support yourself, your core to remain stable, and your legs to keep everything off the floor. Next time you’re in a plank, pay a little bit more attention to your body. Think about tensing all of those muscles I just mentioned to really feel them working!
To do a plank correctly, there are a few key points to remember:
- Keep your shoulders over your hands or your elbows when doing a forearm plank. Pushing back causes your shoulders to do the work, rather than your core.
- Make sure that your lower back does not slouch. If your belly is closer to the ground than your chest, you’ve lost the movement.
- Keep your hips in line with your shoulders. If your booty is sticking up in the air, you won’t reap the benefits of this exercise. Save the booty poppin for the club, not the gym.
Are you a fan of planks? You should be! Try to hold a plank for 1 minute at the end of your workout!