Abdominal Exercise Instructions: How to Perform the Plank Exercise
About the Plank Exercise:
The plank exercise is a great way to build endurance in the abdominals as well as the back, and the stabilizer muscles. Building on the core muscles this exercise can prove quite more effective than most other ab exercises in a shorter period of time.
Muscles Used in the Plank Exercise:
All of your core muscles are used during the plank exercise including: rectus abdominus, transverse abdominals, lower back extensors, and even a slight use of the obliques and abdominals groups. This core exercise involves a total work out on the core muscles as well as stabilizer mucles and has been regarded as much more effective than traditional ab exercises.
Perform the Plank Exercise:
- Begin by placing your elbows at a 90 degree angle with forarms parallel to the floor, shoulder width apart and toes pointed towards the floor and together lifting the body stretched over a mat or other comfortable surface.
- The legs should be elongated onto the floor contracting the abs.
- This exercise should be attempted for a short period of time without movement to provide strength to the core and stabilizer muscles.
Plank Tips and benefits:
- The plank exercise builds core strength which results in an increase in overall strength.
- This exercise also increases balance and posture through increasing muscular growth around the lower spine.
- This form of abdominal exercise can help flatten the stomach and improve overall metabolism.
- The exercise should comprise mostly of no movement to allow for core and stabilizer muscles to hold the body from falling to the floor.
- Keep the body straight for a more effective work out.
Here is a video to assist you in learning the proper form for the Plank Exercise: