In this series, we’re helping you master basic exercises — as if you had a personal trainer by your side! Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge to perform these moves properly in order to get better results and prevent injury.
The plank is one of the go-to moves when it comes to working the core, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy! Although it seems simple, it’s easy to perform a plank incorrectly — and improper form not only negates the core-strengthening benefits, but can lead to back strain as well.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re holding your body correctly when performing the move. For many, this may mean modifying the move to build up your core strength and working your way up to the full plank.
What does a plank do for the body?
In addition to being a core exercise, a plank is a full-body exercsie that requires proper engagement of the thighs, arms and back. But to reap these benefits, you have to engage all of these muscles, which is something people often overlook.