The plank exercise is a great core exercise. When done correctly, it can improve posture, enhance performance and strengthen you from your head to your toes.
Plank Exercise: Strengthen Your Core
My new book, Strengthen Your Core, covers the theory behind core strength and provides detailed descriptions of different planks and side planks. It is important that you do the plank with good alignment, good form, and good posture.
Take a look at the video and give this one a try.
How to Do the Plank Exercise
In the video, I show how to adjust your plank that supports your alignment and posture.
I am going to discuss the importance of doing planks with good alignment, good form, good posture — whatever wording you want to use.
Plank Exercise Done Incorrectly
Here is a demonstration of planks that I often see clients come in with, and they’ve either been doing these in their yoga class, Pilates class, part of an exercise routine.
The plank is often done in a way that they’re just trying all they can.
They lock out the elbows.
They’re on their hands and on their toes. This is a very unsafe plank, especially if you have low bone density or osteoporosis because of the flexion loads.
Plank Exercise Done Correctly
Ideally, you want to bring your plank in a position that supports your alignment and supports your posture.
- This might mean that you don’t start on your hands and your toes.
- It may mean that you start your plank at a higher position so that you can then support all of the musculature of the shoulder, of the hips, of the ankles, of your spinal alignment.
Ultimately, you want to be strong with nice alignment.
If you do your plank in the first position that I showed you, you’re going to be supporting an alignment that’s kyphotic. That posture is not helpful on your breath, on your spine or anything else. You should work on good postural alignment and getting the most out of your planks.
That’s it from Margaret Martin today. Take care. Bye.
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