Disclaimer: Please consult your physician before attempting any exercise.
Over the Next Series of Guides I will Teach how to progress yourself with a given exercise. This way you can perform the exercise at your current level of fitness, and then progress from there.
My intention is help you build a knowledge base of basic, effective exercises so that you can feel confident putting together your own workouts! And customize them to your current fitness level.
Variations are presented to you from Beginner to Advanced levels. Experiment with each variation to see where you land on the spectrum.
Today we are going to go over the plank. The plank is used to develop overall core stability and should be one of your foundational exercises for building a stronger core.
There are probably an infinite number of plank variations, but I will share with you the ones I like to use with the clients that I work with.
With the intermittent plank you can hold the full plank for a given time and lengthen that time, changing from short plank to full plank, until you are ready to proceed to a complete full plank.
With the inclined plank you can progress yourself by lowering the surface until you get down to ground level.
It is imperative that you do not shift your hips from side to side. In the next two slides I will show you what NOT to do and then how to do it CORRECTLY.
I have found that completing the desired number of repetitions on one side and then switching to the other is easier to keep track of.
As with the Plank w/ Arm Reach, DO NOT shift your hips from side to side.
The next exercise requires that you have full control of you ability to engage your core.
You must life your body as ONE UNIT. This ensures that all muscles are working together to stabilize your core. Once in the fully extended position hold for a set amount of time.
General guidelines for the Plank and its variations. You should not feel your lower back during ANY of these exercises. If you do, you need to adjust the position of your spine.
To see how to adjust the position of your spine, please see my guide How to Build a Stronger Core From the Ground Up.
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