“Core Strength” is a term that refers to your lower back and abdominals. These are often overlooked, with many people missing out on the benefits of working these muscles for long periods of time. However, if you start listening to your body and doing some simple exercises, like Plank Exercises, then you’ll be able to get the results that you want in no time.
What is a plank?
A plank is a form of exercise where the body’s weight is completely supported by the hands, forearms, toes, and feet. Planks are one of the best core exercises you can do to strengthen your back, abs, and butt muscles. There are four types of planks that you’ll want to use in order to get the most out of your routine: The Spiderman Plank (aka bridge), The Bird Dog Plank (aka push-up position), The Half-Kneeling Plank with Leg Raises (aka crab) and Full Kneeling with Leg Raises (aka frog).
How to do a plank
Plank exercises are a great way to build up your core strength. All it takes is one minute of holding a plank for 10 seconds each to tone those abdominals and glutes, but you can also vary the challenge by placing your hands in different spots on the ground or changing the position of your feet.
How to progress your planks
By challenging your core muscles with four plank exercises, you will build strength and stability that can help to prevent back pain, improve posture, and make your overall fitness more efficient.
Which muscles are worked during plank exercises?
Plank exercises work the strongest muscles in your core group: the transverse abdominis, pectoralis major and minor, serratus anterior, and erector spinae. But most people only use their shoulders and arms. Plank exercises also work the hamstrings (back of thigh), gluteal muscles (buttocks) and quadriceps (thigh).
How often should you be doing planks?
A plank is a type of exercise that consists of holding your body in a straight line so you’re balancing on one arm and another. There are 4 different types of planks, with the most common being the push up plank. It’s recommended to do planks at least 3 times per week.