The Plank is a basic, but an effective movement for building up your core strength.
In my time in the game, one of the things that are very common early on in a new clients tenure is that they have almost zero core strength.Being able to only hold a plank for less than 30 seconds signals that your core is very weak.
It is not acceptable to be doing the Harlem Shake while you are supposed to be rigid during that plank!
Having a weak core will lead to low back pain and bad posture due to the fact that your core cannot support your body. This is an undesirable way to live. The unfortunate part is that most people are living like this
The unfortunate part is that most people are living like this every single day and doing nothing about it except complaining or popping pills.
When it comes to training having a weak core will not only affect your plank but also your other major exercises. When your core is not strong it shows through every exercise. Have you ever witnessed when you see someone folds forward on a squat or when someone’s hips sink down during a pushup? These are signs that the person’s core has absolutely nothing to it.
When your core is not strong it shows through every exercise. Have you ever witnessed when you see someone folds forward on a squat or when someone’s hips sink down during a pushup? These are signs that the person’s core has absolutely nothing to it.
This is where we enter the plank. In beginning trainees, the plank can be a very effective way to build and develop the core to be stronger and to give you more stability.
For me personally, the majority of their core work from the big body movements like bucket squats, deadlifts, chin-ups, etc. In all of these movements, your core must be solid in order to perform the movement with proper form.
However, as I stated before the majority of trainees who begin a training program have been sedentary for years. They cannot just walk in the door and begin squatting to the bucket with perfect form when there is no core.
This is where the plank comes in. This is an easy move to coach and will allow a beginner to start to activate the muscles in their core.
Using various planks to will also allow you to get stronger in the core. Planks with an elevated foot or hand offer a tougher challenge for the core.
The combination of performing the big body movements along with the plank can lead one to have a core of iron.
I’ll holla at you next time,
The People’s Trainer
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