I can honestly say that when I first started working out, planks were not even close to being enjoyable. In fact, every time I saw them in a workout I was following I immediately skipped them and collected $200. Kidding! (But really, I wish.) Now that I’ve taken the time to learn how to do them efficiently and worked slowly to develop my form they tend to pop up just about every single day of training! So rather than begin your love for planks like me (in a dreadful way), check out my 5 reasons why planks should be at the top of your training:
Duh. I know this may seem a bit obvious, but planking trains the core to be strong not just during the plank but after as well. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself engaging that midline in everything from a bench press to a burpee!
Push Up Improvement
The plank is the fundamental movement of a push up – no matter if it’s on your knees, on the wall, or elevated. Having a long, lean line means your arms will take less work and the fatigue will take longer to set it! If you’re goal is more push ups, then planks are absolutely for you!
It’s a lot of work, in not a lot of time
The thing is, many people say: “Well if I can’t hold it for longer than 30 seconds, it’s useless.” Aghhhhhh (my wordage for a game show no) – even just 30 seconds of holding that core tight can dramatically improve your strength in your abdominals. So no matter if you’re there for 30 seconds or 30 minutes…keep on keepin’!
I didn’t see improvement in my arm toning until I added planks to my routine regularly. I may throw around heavy weights all day, but there’s something about that static arm hold that truly sculpts beautiful arms and shoulders.
You can literally do a plank just about any where you go. Try against a wall if the floor is dirty. You got this dude, no excuses!!
Mini-Tips for Planks
From now until the end of Thanksgiving (yep, right through the holiday) let’s plank every single day for as long as possible. Come December 1st, I’ll check back in with you and see how you’re doing!