Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Plank-it" Until You Make It!

Plank exercises are a popular element of isometric training, which involves contracting your muscles against stationary resistance. Isometric exercises are common for injury rehabilitation or reconditioning. Isometric exercises, such as planks, can help you get past strength-training plateaus and improve energy transference between your upper body and lower body. Plank exercises, in particular, benefit multiple elements of physical fitness and your general well-being.

Top 5 Benefits of doing Planks
1. Works your upper abs, your lower abs, your obliques, and your lower back.
2. Builds the stabilizer muscles.
3. Builds strength for pushups.
4. Promotes good posture and helps prevent back injuries.
5. Teaches your abs to stay contracted in a regular standing position.

How to Do a Plank
1. Get face down on the floor resting on your forearms and knees-- an easier variation to rest on hands and knees.
2. Push off the floor, raising up off your knees onto your toes and resting mainly on your elbows.
3. Contract your abs to keep yourself up and prevent your booty from sticking up.
4. Keep your back flat. Picture your body as a long straight board, or plank.
5. Hold and aim for 20-30 seconds in the beginning and work your way up to one minute, as you get stronger.
6. Repeat three times.

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