Core strength and fitness are important to the body’s overall health. In recent years, the plank has gained popularity as part of a workout regimen. While the held position of a plank can produce excellent results, there are three ways that can hinder fitness goals:
1) Arching the back
2) Lowering the hips
3) Looking ahead or up
Quick fixes are to broaden the shoulders to correct the position of the back, squeeze your buttocks to keep the hips centered, and focus on the floor below for better alignment.
- Do not out pressure on your spine by arching your back.
- Use an Alignment Bar and Deep Breathing so you do not constantly lower your hips due to the pull of gravity.
- Look straight down at the ground to keep your head and neck aligned with the rest of your body.
“It’s not a surprise that many workouts begin and end with a some variation of a plank challenge.”