Perfecting A Plank – This week’s TBT video is from my Daily Workout TV series, which aired on Lifetime TV. At the end of every workout, I would share with everyone a Trainer’s Tip. This episode was filmed in the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands and the Trainer’s Tip featured here discusses how to do the perfect plank.
The Plank, also known as the Low Hover, is a core strengthening exercise that helps you improve your core’s stability. The plank has it’s roots in yoga and involves long-hold isometric muscle control. It’s important to execute it properly. First, you assume a modified push-up position on the floor. You may want to put a mat under yourself to make sure it’s comfortable on your elbows, as your elbows will be bent at a 90 degree angle with both of your forearms resting on the floor. Be sure to position your elbows directly under your shoulders and you want to look straight down toward the floor so your neck and head are properly positioned. Your feet should be together with only your toes touching the floor and your body should form a perfectly straight line from the top of your head to the bottom of your heels. And make sure your booty doesn’t creep up! Keep that body straight as a board! NOW, tighten and contract your ab muscles. Don’t let your tummy relax. It’s lifted up and in and tightened so zip up your abs! Hold it for 20 seconds or challenge yourself to try and hold it for a minute.
Watch this video for more tips on how to perfect your plank.