How to do a perfect Plank…
When doing the Plank some people tend to put most of their body weight on to their shoulders, therefore taking the weight off of their core meaning you either lift your hips too high in to the air or you arch your back too much causing lower back pain/injury. If you do the Plank like this it means that your core won’t actually be getting any stronger!
While getting into the proper form is straightforward, holding the position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back, and core. The Plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance.
Here’s 5 steps to help you perform a Plank properly…
Lie on your front on the floor, place your hands underneath your shoulders with your fingers facing forward.
Keeping your hands in the same position, lower your elbows to the floor.
Place your toes on the floor. Tense your Quads and Glutes to lift both knees off the floor.
Keeping your elbows and hands in the same place, press up through the shoulders making sure that the hands remain flat and the forearms are parallel to each other.
Focus on maintaining a flat/straight body. Making sure the Ankles, Knees, Hips and Shoulders are in line.