How effective are Plank Exercises ?
Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.
I’m a great believer in Plank Exercises, provided they are executed correctly.
The importance of core strength
Abdominal muscles must provide support for our entire back and spinal column. In doing so, they also play a vital role in preventing injuries. However, for them to perform this function successfully, our core muscles have to be strong and trained on a regular basis. What all this means is that doing plank exercises every day is a great way to strengthen your core, and in doing so, support your spine.
This Wording ? ” flat abdomen in one month “
Now to be honest, I am not the least bit interested in the wording here. We will see a difference in one month, but we are on an odyssey (a long adventurous journey) here and we’re going to be doing these exercises for ever, are we not? I know that I will be !
So if it isn’t the wording, what is it ?
What has got my interest is that there are 6 exercises here that I can use to help me flatten my belly. They are nicely illustrated, simple to follow and easily slotted into my day.
I can use the exercises in whatever way I choose. Can start off on a lower level and just do everything for 10 seconds if I wish and then build it up as I get use to the exercises. Or I might like to go longer than what they suggest, it’s completely up to me and I like that.
FORM IS KEY. Have to perform/execute the exercises correctly or not at all. And we must remember to be careful. Exercises performed incorrectly will do us more harm than good.
Be gentle with yourself.
How to improve your plank time gradually
- Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
- Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
- Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.
Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.
NO PAIN NO GAIN IS A LOAD OF
Please let me know how you get on.