Planks are a great way to increase strength and stability in your core musculature. Although there is debate about what muscles are included in the “core,” most people can agree that it at least includes the abdominals. I’ve always believed that the core consists of every muscle in the torso, as they all contribute to some degree to movements that target the “core.” The muscles are fluid in their definition based upon what movement is being performed. The traditional plank is the most known plank exercise, though there are countless other varieties to use depending on your goals.
This “Tips From a PT” post aims to perfect your plank, specifically the traditional plank. The following is a step-by-step instruction for perfecting your plank, which draws inspiration from Pavel Tsatsouline, a former Russian Special Forces trainer.
This is a new and challenging plank to perform, but there is also data to back up the increased tension that you feel1. This will breathe new life into your planks, and you will notice an increase in strength in other exercises. If you need further help with your exercises or experiencing any aches and pains, reach out to your local Athletico today and schedule a Free Assessment. Free Assessments are available in-clinic and virtually through our Telehealth platform.
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1. Schoenfeld BJ, Contreras B, Tiryaki-Sonmez G, Willardson JM, Fontana F. An electromyographic comparison of a modified version of the plank with a long lever and posterior tilt versus the traditional plank exercise. Sports Biomech. 2014;13(3):296-306. doi:10.1080/14763141.2014.942355