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Are Planks a Part of your Workout Program?

The plank has to be one of my client's least favorite exercises. I can count on 1 hand the amount of times I've asked someone to perform a plank and they haven't thrown a grimace my way, or groaned in disgust. It's the one exercise everyone loves to hate, but that doesn't mean I haven't programmed it into every one of my client's plans for the past 12 years. Its versatility is endless, You can use it for strength building, muscle activation, injury recovery or as a teaching tool for bracing technique. It's simple enough to be done anywhere, all you need is a flat surface. It's effective enough to be used by all fitness levels, but are you completing your planks correctly? 

 

Common Faults

  • Sagging hips
  • Elevated hips
  • Letting your head drop
  • Looking up
  • Holding your breath

Keys to a perfect Plank

🔑tuck those hips! Don’t let your hips sag towards the ground. This is going to get you into a proper bracing position so we’re working those core muscle effectively.

🔑keep a neutral head position. Look down at your hands

🔑Think “ribs down.” Imagine you’re trying to touch your lower ribs to your pelvis and brace hard!

🔑Line up your elbows under your shoulders

🔑Squeeze your glutes

 

love them or hate them, planks should be a part of everyone's workout program. Keep in mind the common faults and work on the keys to perfecting your form, and hopefully you'll be planking like an expert in no time! If you have any questions or you'd like to set up a consultation with one of our personal trainers please reach out to contact@beaconhillathleticclubs.com

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