Come Plank with Us

October 12th, 2012

If you haven’t thought about including a plank exercise into your workout routine, maybe now is the time to reconsider!

For a seemingly simple exercise it packs a punch and can continue to challenge you in ways you didn’t think possible.

The Pose

The plank position is pretty straight forward and the beautiful part is that this is another one of those exercises that can literally be done almost anywhere!
It’s called a plank by the mere fact that your body aligns in a straight “plank” line supported by your arms, elbows or hands and toes.  The plank is a strength training exercise that involves maintaining a stationary position for a set amount of time.  It may look boring and easy but you’ll quickly discover how much stamina and strength it takes to pull off a 60 second hold.

Trust in the process and start with what you can do and build from there and you’ll enjoy the following benefits!

The Benefits

Strengthens Core Muscles:
Our core muscles include the abs, back, hips and the butt. Strong core muscles will help burn more calories during workouts, avoid injuries and lower back pains. Strong core muscles also provide good posture.  You’ll also enjoy improvements with doing push-ups, squats and lunges.

Develops Abdominals:
Considered one of the best exercises for training firm abdominals.  The plank targets our core, abs or the rectus abdominis.

Strengthens Lower Back:
One of the ways to avoid lower back pain is to perform strengthening exercises.  The plank falls into this category of strengthening your lower back!

Corrects Posture:
A proper planking position exhibits a straight plank-like position which demands alignment of the shoulders, back, hips and legs unto the feet. The muscles and joints work together in a planking exercise that ultimately brings us to a more erect torso.

Develops Core Stability:
Because planking encourages balance, it develops our stability as well.  Core stability allows our central region to control bodily movements and positions of the body.  Planking helps train our muscles to become stronger and well-coordinated.

Develops Flexibility:
Performing a plank stretches your muscles and joints in a stationary position. The muscles on your shoulders and arms stretch as the weight of your body rests unto it. The muscles in your legs and feet are also stretched as they rest on your toes for support.

Build your duration and gain aerobic benefits.  Hit a 5 minute or more plank and you will automatically increase your heart rate and with it gain aerobic benefits.

At the end of the day, I’ve noticed all the above benefits and continue to challenge myself with increasing my time in which I can hold my plank.  At the moment, I’ve made it to 7 minutes!  I have certainly noticed that doing push ups have become much easier and I do believe I stand taller and my posture is looking pretty good these days!

So are you ready to come plank with us!

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