One of the most popular whole-body workouts recently is plank, as it is a quick way to achieve the goals in terms of strengthening the core, toning the entire body, and boosting endurance and body stability.
It is of utmost importance to learn to perform it correctly in order to reap its benefits. Place yourself in a push-up position, on the elbows, and align them with the shoulders. Your toes should be together and raised a bit from the floor.
Keep the back straight, and the weight equally divided into both sides of the buttock muscles, legs, and elbows. Breathe deeply and hold.
In case you perform the plank regularly, you will gain the following benefits:
Improved Flexibility – It will strengthen the muscles of the shoulders, shoulder bladders, and collarbone, also the ones of the feet and toes, and that will improve your flexibility.
Improves Posture and Balance – This exercise will tone the shoulder, neck, chest, back, and belly muscles and this will improve your body posture and improve your balance.
Improved Coordination – The plank will help you use the abdominal muscles for coordination and stability.
A strong core – It will strengthen the inner core muscles and the transverse abdominis.
Lower Risk of Spine and Back Injuries – This exercise will reduce the risk of injuries, lower back pain and support the spine, without causing any unnecessary sprains.
Improved metabolism – It will help you burn many calories, support weight loss, and accelerate the metabolism.
Improved Psychological State – It will also relax the muscles, relieve stress, improve mood, and treat anxiety and depression.
The results of doing the plank impress more and more people. Some of them share their personal experiences and write about the amazing transformations and benefits that have virtually changed their lives.
The journalist Leah Wynalek confirmed the effectiveness of the plank after finishing a three-week plank challenge:
“In this challenge I was overconfident. In situation when I did them right, my core quaked, and I’d look desperately at the timer on my phone as it counted down to zero. My also abs strengthened but I didn’t realize it until the final week when my plank hold felt considerably easier than during week one.
I didn’t see a difference, but I could feel it because I felt the tension accumulated by sitting at my desk was gone. After a short period of exercise I was surprised with the energy I felt.”
Let’s try for some planking?