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The plank is one of the most popular and effective exercises for the abdominals in the whole
world. It doesnt just make the abs and shoulder girdle work, its workout for all the muscles

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The essence of the plank is to hang above the floor for several minutes once a day,
supported only by your hands and toes. No-one would say that it is easy to be in this
hanging state, even for only a few minutes. In this pose, a huge number of muscles are
activated.

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The plank is a static exercise. Theres no movement in it, so the main thing is to hold your

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Lie on the floor stomach down. Bend your elbows at 90 degrees angles and transfer

your weight onto your arms. Your body should form a straight line from the top of your
head to your heels.
Support yourself only on your forearms and the tips of your toes. Your elbows should
be directly under your shoulders.
Hold your body as level as possible, tense your stomach muscles and dont relax them.

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1. Feet. Put them together. Keeping balance becomes more difficult, which increases the
load on the stomach muscles.
2. Legs. Should be straight and tensed. Otherwise, the load on the abdominals will
be reduced. This is what is keeping the spine from bending.
3. Buttocks. Keep tensed, and dont relax them until the workout is over. Clenching the
buttock muscles increases the activity of the whole muscular system.

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4. Small of the back. This is the most difficult part!88If553


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region of your spine should be flat. That means you shouldnt round or bend the small
of your back. Imagine that youre holding it flat against a wall.
5. Stomach. Stretch it out, and then try to pull it towards your ribs. Throughout the
workout keep your stomach in this position, but dont slow down your breathing.
6. Elbows. Keep them directly below your shoulders, so as not to create unnecessary
strain.
Its important to breath out when assuming the pose and stay in position until a reasonable
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is enough. As a rule, people with differing levels of fitness keep the pose for anything from
10 seconds to 2 minutes. If youre new to all this dont try to break any records; start at the
minimum.

This exercise for the abs is more effective than a traditional plank as you hold all your
bodyweight on two points points of contact rather than four. You will need to make more
effort to keep your balance.

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While lying on your left side, place your elbow directly below your shoulder. Keep the
legs straight. Put your right hand on your right thigh, still keeping those legs straight.
Tense your abdominal muscles and raise your hip from the floor until you form a rightangle, balancing on your forearm and feet. Remain in this position for
30-45 seconds. If you cant hold it that long, repeat the exercise until you have spent
a total of at least 30 seconds in this pose. Change sides and do it again.

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1. Plank with raised leg. Raise one leg. By doing this you significantly increase the load
on the muscular system and reduce support. This means your body will have to make
an extra effort to hold the position. By reducing the area of contact with the floor the
strain on the stomach muscles is significantly increased.
2. Plank with raised arm. Raise one arm. This is similar to the first variaton. Youll
have to make an effort not to fall on your side.
3. Side plank with arm and leg lift. Lie on your side, put your legs together and
straighten them. Along with your torso they should make a straight line. Put your left
forearm on the floor (with your elbow directly under your shoulder). Raise your right
leg and arm. Hold this position for as long as you can.
4. Plank on an exercise ball. Rest your elbows on the ball or put your feet on it.

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Firm buttocks. This exercise is a workout for your glutes and calf muscles, so you wont
just get them into shape, youll get rid of cellulite too.
A strong back. During the exercise the lower back muscles are strengthened, as are the
shoulder and neck muscles. This can help to safeguard against osteochondrosis and other
bone diseases in the small of the back and neck. Also youll get rid of pain above and

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between the shoulder blades caused by carrying heavy bags or constantly sitting
at a computer.
Slim legs. The legs take most of the weight in this exercise. All the leg muscles are active,
from the thighs to the calves. Dont be alarmed if you feel a burning sensation in your
muscles; that just means theyre working.
A flat stomach. When your whole body is straining, both your lower and side abs get
a workout too.
Toned arms. Its quite obvious that along with the legs the arms also get an intensive
workout. They support the weight of your upper body.

1. The pelvis falls towards the floor and your body forms a hoop.
2. The tailbone points at the ceiling and the small of the back forms a bend.
To avoid these mistakes, point the tailbone towards your heels and pull your belly in. The
stomach muscles should be strong, just as much as the muscles of the thighs and knees.
Push your thighs up. You should feel that your lower abs are taunt and the small of the back
is being lengthened. Push the heels gently back.
WARNING!
Dont allow the thighs to hang down and dont relax the knees. Try to hover above the floor
by stretching the spine and tensing the abdominal muscles. Dont let your whole weight slip
forward onto your forearms. Try to hold the legs together, toes side by side, dont let them
slip away from each other. The wider apart they are, the less load there is on the abdominals
and the more on the knees.

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Alfredo Eleuterio
Interesting
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2 Sep 27, 2015 4:08pm

Alfredo Eleuterio
Helpful
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3 Sep 30, 2015 1:32am

Krystal Kc
Gonna get into it.
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2 Oct 2, 2015 4:34pm

Rock Roach NSIT


It is amazing. We used to do this ln martial arts all the time.
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11 Oct 7, 2015 6:47pm

Johnnavie Doyo University of Iloilo


i want to try this
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1 Oct 7, 2015 6:51pm

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