The Plank

The PlankOne of my favourite core exercises to develop strength is the plank. It is a deceptively simple exercise. It’s hard to believe but the plank provides such a great workout. Try it!

It’s wise to start with this exercise before beginning a heavy routine of resistance training.

Here’s how it’s done.

Get into a push-up position on the floor. Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle and rest your weight on your forearms. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold the position for as long as you can. Your goal should be to hold for two minutes straight.

The plank helps develop strength in the core, shoulders, arms, and glutes. You of course are not lifting or moving heavy weight but you have to constantly flex your abdominals to hold the position.

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John Graham began personal training in California, where he earned his Master Personal Fitness Trainer Certification from the prestigious International Sports Sciences Association. He has been based in Shenzhen for over 5 years, introducing his knowledge and experience in international fitness techniques and increasing awareness of the latest fitness methodologies. Known for his unique passion and understanding of body dynamics and exercise, and his extensive knowledge of performance nutrition, John’s training programs ensure a well rounded approach to fitness.

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