As a group fitness instructor, one of my go to sayings is, “When in doubt, plank it out.” The plank is a great exercise to strengthen your core. Since you need a strong core to pretty much perform any exercise correctly, the plank is always your best go to exercise.
There are two main ways to hold a plank. This can be done on your forearms or high on your hands.
To start, bring your hands right under your shoulders. Keep your belly nice and lifted and make sure your butt is not piked up in the air. Your backside should be as straight as a tabletop.
Seems easy enough right? If you are new to this exercise, give it about 30 seconds before the shakes kick in. Don’t let this get to you! It’s normal and this is the point where you want to stay even stronger.
Looking to challenge yourself? Give yourself your own plank challenge! Set aside a few seconds each week to hold a plank. Then, increase the time each week. Start with 30 seconds. The next week, push to 45 seconds and then keep adding on the following weeks.
The best part about this exercise is that it can be done anywhere! No time to hit a gym, plank it out in your office! Have some extra time on your hands before that dinner party? See how long you can hold a plank!