Three Tips for a Perfect Plank
Everyone does planks these days to develop better core strength and stability – but unfortunately, few people actually do them correctly. Here are three easy tips to help you.
- Start on the elbows and forearms. Begin with 15-second holds, thinking about the one long 15-second exhale. This will really fire up the deep abdominal muscles. (Don’t be surprised if 10-second exhales are tough).
- Remember, a perfect plank looks like a person who is standing. It is not a prone isometric crunch. The pelvis should be neutral or normal. In other words, do not move into a large posterior tilt via a big rectus abdominal contraction.
- Squeeze everything. Push the floor with forearms, squeeze the glutes and tighten the quads and deep the abdominals.