While data on exercise changes as new studies are done, one thing that remains constant is that planks are great... but only when you do them properly!
The traditional plank (shown above) targets more than just your abdominals. It requires contraction of the quads, glutes, shoulders, biceps and triceps. It is a stabilizing exercise that can lead to improvements in other exercise moves.
3 Common Plank Form Mistakes
Note: In this position your abs will be inactive. This also put a lot of strain on your lower back!
Hips Too High
Other Plank Variations
Taking Your Plank to the Next Level
Alternating Leg Lifts
Up, Up, Down, Down
Side Plank with Rotation
Side Plank with Hip Dips
Planks can assist in many other areas!
The core stability provides and increases in your overall stability and balance. Example: if you are bumped into while walking, having a stronger core can assist you in regaining your balance faster.
Maintain Proper Running Form
A stable core helps a runner’s body stay in proper alignment, rather than twisting mid stride.
Maintain Form in Many Other Lifts
One of the first steps in many lifting exercises is to engage your core. Having a stronger core can make it easier to keep proper form in many activities and can prevent injury to the back.
Blog post by Erin Womboldt.