Planks are usually one of the best exercises that you could do for your core this is because of the fact that it helps in building your isometric strength so as to help your sculpt your waistline as well prove your posture. Depending on the plank that you have decided to have you can also engage your arms, back, glutes, hamstring as well as your shoulders.
Whether you are able to hold the plank 20 seconds or even one minute, you will fall in love with these fresh variations of the standard plank.
This is what is usually considered a standard plank. To this, you will have to lie down with your face facing the ground, legs extended and your elbows bent. You should clasp your hands directly under shoulders. Things to note always ensure that your feet are hip-width apart and that your elbows are shoulder-width apart. Contract your abs, and then proceed by tucking in your toes so as to lift your body of the ground. Hold for at least 60 seconds.
This plank is very effective. Kristin McGee, a heath contributing yoga wellness editor, demonstrates how this plank can be easily done. According to McGee, this plank is basically done at the top of a push-up position. Kneel on all four with your hands directly placed under your shoulders. Come onto toes, straighten your legs and contract your abs. Do this by ensuring that your body is in line from your head to your heels.
Planks with your arms/leg lifted up
This innovative plank exercise basically targets your upper back, sides, glutes, sides, chest and your core.