How To Do The Plank For Amazingly Strong Abs

Get Strong Abs, Start Doing Your Plank Exercises Today

I love to have strong abs because nothing makes me feel more confident than having a solid core.  Plus, who doesn’t want to have a sexy stomach?  I have talked so much about exercises that keep my abs strong and how to lose belly fat here and here.  But I have also learned how to do the plank for amazingly strong abs and want to share this essential exercise with you.

Working to have a strong center is one of the healthiest things that you can do for your body.  When your core is strong, your balance, coordination and back muscles will work together in harmony.  The plank is a yoga pose and is a fantastic isometric exercise that trains your ab muscles to work more efficiently.  Isometric means to hold one position without moving for a period of time and that is exactly what the plank move is all about.

The most important thing that you must do to ensure you are doing the plank properly is to pull your belly button towards your spine throughout the course of the exercise.  This is essential because when the lower abdominal is pulled in, your back is supported.  When in the plank position, the weight of the body and the effects of gravity will have a tendency to pull your middle towards the ground while sagging and arching your back.  Pulling in your belly and keeping your body in alignment will prevent any pain or injury to your back.

Start the plank exercise by balancing on your elbows or hands and your feet (toes) on your yoga mat.  Hold that same position for 30 seconds without moving and then work up to 1 minute, it’s really that simple.  You may notice your body start to shake which is telling you that your muscles are working.  As your abdominal starts to strengthen, the shaking will lessen and your coordination will improve.  If you tend to feel the back arching, lift your hips slightly. As you become more comfortable with the plank exercise, you can add in additional challenging moves such as lifting one of your legs or balancing on just one elbow while holding the position.

Make a commitment today to do a 30 second plank each and every day for the next month.  I am only asking for a half of a minute of your time and there is no excuse for not being able to find the time for that.  After 1 month, work up to a minute plank for another month.  You will be amazed at how your abs will look and how fantastic your body will feel.

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