How to do a Plank | Perfect Form for a Full Body Workout

Updated: Apr 12

THREE HARD TRUTHS WHEN IT COMES TO THE PLANK


When it comes to performing a perfect plank three things have to be considered...

  • the plank is a full body exercise

  • you must engage your abdominals

  • sadly... you may not be ready yet

How often do you think about what your ankles, pelvis, or shoulder blades should be doing? Do you feel your abs engage the whole time? Do you even have the body strength to hold proper form? In this post we will highlight what you should be focusing on throughout the body, tips on how to better connect to your core, and exercises to help improve your body strength to master the plank. By the end you will be thinking differently on how to perform a plank.

How to perform a perfect plank

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR BODY DURING A PLANK


The plank is a full body exercise! In this section we will reveal specific cues on how to engage every part of your body for complete focus and stability. When it comes to the plank we can break this focus into two sections...


#1 | Upper Body Cues

crunch the ribcage down; squeeze a ball

press shoulder blades apart; push into ground

pull elbows together & down into ground

#2 | Lower Body Cues

tuck the tailbone down & rotate the pelvis

kick the knees straight & feel thighs engage

kick toes into ground & press body forward


The following video will break these cues down into their individual parts with exercise demonstrations that will highlight the specific body movements.



HOW TO IMPROVE FOCUS & BREAK YOUR PLANK RECORD


It is always easy to tell someone how to do something. It is a little harder to teach them. It is even harder to get them to learn and understand. To fully grasp an exercise like that plank it is important to feel the right muscles working and supporting your body. Without that you will just be going through the motions without receiving the benefit of the exercise.


One of the best cues I have ever heard is "PUSH THE EARTH DOWN." It seems kind of silly when you think about it. Obviously, you can't "push" the earth down, but you can "push" yourself up! Next time you are performing a plank try to think about kicking your feet and pressing your chest and arms down into the ground. Press your body up towards the ceiling but keep your butt down. Feel for your shoulder blades to separate and tension through your ankles and thighs.


Another common question is, "How long should you hold a plank?" When it comes to my clients I always use a philosophy of rules OVER reps. If you are unable to maintain the cues or the proper muscle engagement listed above then you should stop the exercise. Keep the cues in mind, continuously run them through your head, and do you best to hold every cue for as long as possible.


TEN EXERCISES TO PREPARE YOU FOR A PERFECT PLANK


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