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STOP Doing Your Planks Like This

Matt Skeffington

Matt’s primary role at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning is to make sure that our coaches and clients are consistently improving, all while operatin...

Matt’s primary role at Dynamic Strength and Conditioning is to make sure that our coaches and clients are consistently improving, all while operatin...

Apr 26 3 minutes read

Whether your fitness goals are fat-loss, strength, endurance or a combination, perfecting the plank should be a major part of your routine.

The plank builds tremendous amounts of core strength which is crucial for improving your workout performance and drastically reducing your risk of injury, especially at your low back. 

The better and stronger your planks get, the better your workouts and results will be.

The problem is, even though they are so popular, they are often done incorrectly. 

But, before we get into the technique let's chat a bit about what exactly the plank is, what areas of your body it works and why perfecting it is so important. 

The plank is referred to as a core stability exercise. 

This means the plank, when done correctly, challenges your core's (abs, obliques, low back) ability to hold your spine, rib cage and pelvis in a good position against gravity. 

Yes, your abs play a larger role than just looking good. They actually attach to your ribs, spine and pelvis, helping with both movement and stability of those joints. 

By improving the stability of your core with planks, you will:

  • Improve core strength 

  • Improve posture

  • Improve balance

  • Increase the main function of your abs -- to resist spinal motion

  • Reduce low-back pain

  • Reduce your risk of injury in and out of the gym

  • Improve your strength, technique and control of other exercises (like push-ups, burpees, mountain climbers)

This is why the plank is one of the greatest exercises and one that we want all our members to get really good at, especially our beginners. 

Not only does planking improve your core strength, but it transfers to you getting better and stronger with other exercises like squats, deadlifts, burpees and mountain climbers. 

The better your core stability, spine position and posture is during an exercise, the better you will perform and the lower your risk of injury will be.

In today's video we're covering what to STOP doing when it comes to your plank technique and what to START doing to take your planks to the next level.

Enjoy!

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