In this HOW TO I will be showing you the basics for proper planking technique. We will go over both the high plank and forearm plank.
Props Needed: Just your mat!
Why I love Planks? They are a fantastic way to train full body strength, with an emphasis on trunk (core) stability + strength. I also love to use them to set up our body for more dynamic movements like, squats, deadlifts, push-ups, and rows. They are awesome for proper stabilization of our shoulders in relation to our thoracic spine, and torso. This why you will often see some variation of a plank before we do upper body work!
What to Keep in mind: A key factor in maintaining a strong, and safe plank is paying attention to where either your hands (in a high plank), or elbows (in a forearm plank) are in relation to your shoulders. You always want to maintain that pushing away sensation into the floor, while keeping a neutral position with your spine and pelvis. Strong quads and glutes will help you, and keeping your gaze to the top of your mat.
HOT TIP ALERT! Newer to planking? Find planking on your mat too much for you? Take it to an elevated surface! Try holding your planks on a wall, then counter top, then couch, then coffee table, until you feel comfortable on the floor.
Workouts to practice your planking:
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