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The plank exercise ranked in the top 10 of most effective Abs Exercises

posted on Thursday, 26th November 2009 | find under Fitness

The Plank exercise is one of the best exercises because it tightens the deep, core muscles.  You may think that core muscles are only the ones in your stomach.  In fact, the core is made up of all the muscles that connect the upper and lower body, including those of the stomach, lower back, hips and buttocks.  These muscles are essential for supporting the spine, aiding good posture and almost every movement.

We have a little mantra at our Running Club which is "A plank a day".  You can do it anywhere, you don't need any equipment and it takes a minute (literally).  What's more, it is more effective than sit-ups and crunches because these work only the superficial abdominal muscles.  We try to do as many planks as possible at our Running Club. I know it's probably one of the most hated exercises but the girls feel great when I say 1minute passed- well done!!!


On the picture: Our lovely Sarah - manager at Richmond Store.

Start on elbows and knees.  Straighten legs and raise your body so that you're supported by the balls of your feet.  Face the floor, being careful not to arch your back or stick your bottom in the air.  Hold this position for 30 seconds to begin with , extending the time as you get stronger.



Lie on your right side, propped up on your elbow.  Let your left foot rest on top of your right, and then push up so that your body forms a perfect triangle with the floor.  If you are advanced - like Sarah- bring your arm up.  Hold this position for as long as you can, then repeat on the other side.

Add these core strengthening exercises to your ab workout to build strengh and stability!!!



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