Tighten And Tone Your Core Deep Within with a Plank Workout
Doing a plank workout is just like wearing a corset! Think about it… you know that feeling when you’re wearing a corset? It’s like it is literally sucking everything in!? Well that is exactly what you want to do in order to really tighten and shape your core i.e. your waist and abs.
But wearing a corset on a daily basis should be left in the Victorian era where it belongs. So what is the modern day answer? Plank workouts!
Now doing sit ups are all well and good, but they really only target the superficial front layer. That’s not to say sit ups and variations of ab exercises aren’t a great addition to an over all exercise plan.
But the plank is one of the best exercises for a flat, toned stomach. his is because plank exercises engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominus, the external oblique muscle so you will be working your entire core to tighten from within drawing on all your major core muscles to really shape and define. Before you try this ultimate plank workout, here are a few do’s and don’ts;
Do’s and Dont’s for an Effective and Safe Plank
DON’T let your hips sag down.
DON’T let your butt lift into the air. Create a nice streamline from your head to heels.
DON’T let your head hang. Look in front of your hands a few inches to lift it into a neutral, stable position.
DO press your heels back behind you, squeeze your glutes, tilt your pelvis under and hold your abs in tight
DO focus on your breathing. Inhale through your nose for a count of two and exhale through your mouth for a count of four.
DON’T hold your plank too long. If you’re not capable of maintaining proper form for the entire duration of time, you’re going to strain your muscles. If you’re newer to exercising, shoot for 20 seconds of work followed by 20 seconds of rest. As you progress, move to 30 seconds of work/rest, then 45 then 60…
Give it a try and let me know how you get on. Any questions please leave a comment below.
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