Exercise of the Week: The Basic Plank
This weeks weeks exercise is The Basic Plank, there are several versions and intensities but those are for another week. Everyone wants to focus on their abs by doing a million sit ups a night, but who has time for that? Sit ups are great and all but the plank allows you to target several muscles groups in a very short amount of time. The picture above shows you the proper way to perform a plank and the muscles that you target when you perform this move. The move is easy enough just get into the same position as the picture, make sure not to arch or dip your back. You should be creating a straight line. If you are a beginner try to do this for 15-30 seconds, it doesn’t seem like a long time but trust me you will feel it. For a more effective plank make sure to flex your abs while you do this. As your core begins to get stronger you will be able to do this exercise for longer periods of time. Do not get frustrated if you can’t do these for longer than 15-30 seconds when you start, just make sure you use proper form, everything else will come with time. If you have to rest on your knees for a break and then go back into the plank position that is okay. Eventually you will start seeing that you can do these for longer periods of time. Be patient with yourself and as always listen to your body!
Tip: If you can’t find time to work out on a normal basis try these during the commercial breaks of your favorite show.
Coming Soon: 30 day plank challenge
Happy Planking 🙂
Posted on November 24, 2013, in Exercise of the week, Fitness and tagged Abdomen, Core stability, Exercise, exercise motivatio, exercising, fitness, Physical exercise, Plank, work out, working out. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.