Thursday, February 7, 2019

Planks!


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


Arched Back

Note: In this position your abs will be inactive. This also put a lot of strain on your lower back!


Hips Too High


Uneven Hips



Other Plank Variations


On Hands



Side Plank



Taking Your Plank to the Next Level


Alternating Leg Lifts


Up, Up, Down, Down


Side Plank with Rotation


Side Plank with Hip Dips


Physioball Planks


TRX Plank



Planks can assist in many other areas!


Balance
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. 


Happy Planking!


Blog post by Erin Womboldt.

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