Video: Plank Exercise to Strengthen Core!

Your core muscles inclue all the muscles around your pelvis and trunk (no, not that trunk). Strengthening those muscles should be a part of every fitness program, and it means doing more than the occasional sit-up or crunch.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are 7 important reasons to exercise your core. Strengthening your core:

  1. Improves balance and stability.
  2. Doesn’t require equipment.
  3. Helps build your abs.
  4. Makes it easier to do most physical activities.
  5. Doesn’t take a lot of time.
  6. Can be done at home – or anywhere else!
  7. Helps you reach your other fitness goals.

In addition, a strong core can help prevent lower back pain and improve your posture.

Now that I’ve sold you on the importance of core-focused exercises, my absolute favorite is the plank. It’s simple but challenging – and there are a lot of variations.

To do a basic plank:

  1. Lie on your stomach.
  2. Push yourself up onto your elbows. Feet should be hip-width apart.
  3. Contract your core muscles to hold this posture for 30 seconds – or more!

I made a quick and simple video to show you some of the variations you can do with the plank:


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Comments

  1. Johnny Boy says:

    Brilliant, set out on a abs work out routine about 7/8 weeks ago, seeing some really great results, but after a while 200+ sit ups a day can become a little boring, so thanks for providing me with a bit of variety to throw in their! x

  2. That’s a cunning awnesr to a challenging question