Planks are wonderful, core strengthening exercises that seem to have had a resurgence in popularity recently as we focus our efforts on stabilization and functionality in our exercise choices. Nothing wrong with a washboard stomach, but the underlying goal in our abdominal exercise should be to not only strengthen the rectus abdominus (the six-pack muscles), and the internal and external obliques, but also the transverse abdominus (which wraps around the torso like a girdle and assists with spinal stabilization as well as respiration.
The plank, especially with the variations shown in the video, works all the muscles of the torso, plus can strengthen the arms, wrists, shoulders and chest. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s plank!
Did you do your plank today?