Remote Coach and Mentor| Body Science Expert Trainer and Presenter
The plank hold and its variations is that movement that everyone has been hit with at some point in their fitness journey. It is one of the safest and best ways to build a solid core but are you performing it correctly to reap the benefits?
Here are my top 5 tips for the Perfect Plank:
KEEP THE HIPS UP
Avoid letting your hips drop putting pressure on your lower back which takes the focus on your abs.
HANDS UNDER SHOULDER
Everyone tries to shuffle their hands around to find an easier spot to hold but keeping your hands directly under your shoulders is the strongest and most effective position to hold.
STRAIGHT SPINE IS A STRONG SPINE
Keep your head in line with your spine, making sure your neck doesn’t bend - this will help you be more comfortable for longer holds.
SHOULDERS BLADES IN YOUR BACK POCKET
By pulling your shoulder blades back and down or trying to put your shoulders in your back pocket you will build stronger and more resilient shoulders.
HOLD PLANK IN HALF PUSH-UP
Once you have mastered the first 4 tips, try holding your plank in the half push up position. This not only challenges your core more but it also helps incorporate more arm and chest muscles.
See how The Perfect Plank can be effectively implemented into a well-rounded training program where you will get;
✓ A completely individualized training program
✓ 3, 4 or 5 days training per week
✓ Every session includes instructional videos, easy to use phone access to your program
✓ Direct contact with me