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Thursday, 7 May 2015

How To Do The Plank Correctly

The plank

Target: Stomach and back muscles
The plank is an effective exercise for developing your core strength around the spine, but bad form can hurt your shoulders and back.
"The common mistake here is sagging at the hips or raising the bottom too high," says Nick. Raised buttocks or collapsing back are a sign of a weak core. "Either way, you are reducing the effectiveness of the exercise," says Nick.
A collapsing back also puts an excessive amount of pressure on your lower back, which can lead to back pain. "To get the best results, always maintain perfect form," says Nick. "If you lose form during the exercise, it means your muscles are tiring. Stop and have a rest. You can build up how long you do the plank gradually."
How to do the plank correctly:
  • Keep your legs straight and hips raised to create a straight and rigid line from head to toe.
  • Your shoulders should be directly above your elbows.
  • Keep your abs contracted during the exercise.
  • Don't allow your lower back to sink during the exercise.
  • Look down at the floor.

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