The Benefits of Plank Exercises

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Check out these cool benefits of plank exercises!


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Today I want to cover the benefits of plank exercises. With plank exercises, you're stationary. You're not contracting your muscles. There is the front plank (the regular version), and there is a modified version. M

odified version: You're on your knees and forearms. Your spine is straight. You're keeping your shoulders back and down, and you're not bending at the hip level.

Front plank: You're almost in a push-up position, but you're on your elbows. You maintain this position.

There are other variations of this exercise. You can start out doing a set of 1-6 reps, holding the position for at least 10 seconds. You can work up to holding the position for 1 minute, resting between 30-90 seconds in between.

Potential benefits of plank exercises:

1. Builds core muscles (abdominal, back, sides, hips, buttocks)

2. Fixes posture

3. Helps with symmetrical strength

4. Strengthens tendons, ligaments, and muscles

5. Increases core stability

6. It's a workout

7. Reduces stress


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