How to do a Plank

While the majority thinks that planks are a boring time wasting exercise, this Isometric move is fantastic for strengthening not only your mid section but your whole body.

Read our ‘How to do a Plank’ blog to spice up your HIIT routine and strengthen that core today.

Your mid section is probably the most important part of your muscle make up. Holding everything together, this ‘trunk like’ section of your body can be worked either holding (isomeric) or contracting. for this exercise we will look at the isometric part.

The Plank

The Plank exercise is a core exercise.

This exercise can be completed using just bodyweight so it can be done anywhere and can easily be included in your HIIT workouts, it also has a number of variations so you can make it harder, the stronger you get.

  • Start Position —Start with your knees on the floor, hands under your shoulders.
  • Execution —Keeping your legs as straight as you possibly can, drop to your elbows and have your palms on the floor.  Hold your body tight through out the hole exercise. keeping your belly button tucked into your ‘spine’

How to do a plank

Making the Plank easier

Unfortunately there isn’t really much you can do to make this exercise easier. The only way you attempt to fix this is by holding the position for a shorter period, breaking it up into bite size chunks. Like anything, you will only get better at the plank, the more you do it.

 

Plank variations:

Double Planks

Get your self into a normal plank position. Hold the plank for 5 seconds, Drive your body so your palms are on the floor then immediately drop down to your elbows again, back up to your hands then return to your starting position, reversing the process.

How to do a plank
How to do a plank

 

Wide Stance Plank

Get your self into a normal plank position, from there widen your stance,  Keeping your legs as straight as you possibly can,  Hold your body tight through out the hole exercise. keeping your belly button tucked into your ‘spine’

 

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