The Plank

16 Jan

Plank Exercises

There are a number of different plank exercises that you can perform.  The best starting point is the standard plank.  You basically get in a pushup position but instead of resting on your hands, you rest on your forearms.  You hold your back completely straight while trying to hold your abdominals in.  While it may sound easy, the longer you try to perform a plank, the harder it will be.  You might start with 30 second sets and work your way up to 2-3 minutes.  

Why Do Planks For Abs?

Plank exercises are a great way to work your abdominals as well as your entire core.  By forcing your body to stabilize itself in one position, planks work both your abdominal muscles as well as your back muscles.  A significant advantage of planks in terms of developing better looking abs is that they work the transverse abdominus (that holds in the rectus abdominus), while crunches focus on the rectus abdominus alone.  What will happen with crunches alone (aside from back pain) is that your abs will stick out when viewed from the side.

If you don’t make time for any other form of exercise today I ask you to do just this for 30 seconds.  I dare you!  You will be amazed at how many muscles are working at once.  Do this once every day for the week and see if you can add 5 seconds each time.  By Sunday you will be up to a minute!!!  Not to mention that you will be that much closer to awesome looking ab definition.

Have a fit and fabulous day!!

Lisa

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