1 hour ago
Lydia trying to keep up with her Dad 😂
Seriously though planks are an awesome exercise! Here are 4 benefits:
1. Planks Strengthen Your Core Safely
Planks alone won't give you a six pack, but when paired with a quality diet and total-body cardio and strength exercises, planks do help you develop definition in your middle.
2. You'll Notice Better Posture
Planks create a functional midsection because they work your entire core, which encompasses the whole trunk from the pelvic girdle to the shoulder girdle. When these muscles, which include the erector spinae, rhomboids and trapezius, are strong, you'll naturally stand up straighter.
3. They Help Reduce Back Pain
Planks train the muscles of your abdomen to activate so they support your posture and share in the burden of holding you upright; your back muscles no longer have to do all the work.
4. Better Movement and Coordination
Because the plank strengthens all of your core, not just your abdominals, it teaches your body to act as a unit, not as an assemblage of individual parts. Planks train your body's muscles to work together, while plank variations, such as one-armed or one-legged versions, hone balance.
Make sure you are using the correct form (if you aren't sure, get someone to take a photo and send in a pic for us to check!)