The Plank – The Best Way To Work Your Abs


We all know that there are many exercises that work more than just one muscle group, such as push ups, pull ups and many more. However, there’s a single exercise that basically puts your entire body to work and the best part is that it requires absolutely no equipment. It builds your abs, tightens all of the muscles in your body and burns fat.

Introducing the plank. This is one of the most efficient exercises out there and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need any barbells, dumbbells or machines – just your own body. By correctly doing the plank, you are working all the muscles you need to maintain proper posture. These include your back, shoulders, chest and of course, abs. Just five to ten minutes of doing this exercise every day will yield incredible results, guaranteed.

So, what’s the big deal? It’s just balancing yourself on your forearms, right? Well – no. Believe it or not, staying in this position requires a lot of effort if done correctly as your back must be straight at all times to maintain proper form. If proper form is maintained, you’ll be building your abs, shoulders, legs, arms and back. Without further ado, here’s how to properly perform the plank:

First, lie on your stomach and get into position for an ordinary push up. The only difference is that you aren’t supporting yourself on your palms, but instead on your forearms. Keep your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle and keep your body as straight as a “plank” (hence the name of the exercise). Don’t let your body relax or your back will fall in, maintain tightness at all times.

Your feet should be placed close to each other to keep proper tension in your core muscles, and the legs must be kept straight. All of this together produces necessary pressure in your core area, which is needed to work your lower back and abs. The lower back must be absolutely tightened and flat at all times. This is the most important segment of the exercise, if the lower back is loose, you’re doing virtually nothing.

If done correctly and regularly, your abs will flourish from this exercise. Experts are even saying that the plank is better at working your abs than some exercises that directly target your abs, such as sit-ups or crunches.

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