Los Angeles, CA – 3/14/2014—
Planksare one of the greatest workout moves for the abdominal muscles, and not onlythat, they strengthen the entire body at the same time. If looking to work the core muscles of thestomach, glutes, shoulders and back, this move should be included in anyworkout routine.
Not onlydo planks strengthen the entire body, the can improve posture at the sametime. By working the back, chest andshoulders, we’re able to stand up straighter and our shoulders automaticallyshift into where they should be – back towards the spine with the chestup. Stronger abdominal muscles also helplengthen the spine and enable us to stand up straighter for long periods oftime.
Inaddition to strengthening the body, planks also test balance and improveflexibility. Variations of thetraditional plank, such as side planks or single leg lifts in a plank requirecoordination of varying muscle groups and require full engagement of the bodyin order to stay upright and supported. For flexibility, when we are squeezing and extending the muscles of thethighs, shoulders, and sides we are lengthening these muscle groups andstrengthening them at the same time.
Finally,the best thing about planks is that anyone can do them at any fitnesslevel. A beginner can start at the basiclevel with knees down, or hold a full plank for shorter amounts of time. Advanced athletes can add extensions androtations to the plank to challenge the body, or even try balancing on one handand foot only.
Whatevera person’s fitness level, abdominal strength is an essential component ofoverall fitness and planks are one of the best ways to ensure a strong,supportive core.
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