HOW TO PLANK FOR BETTER CORE STRENGTH
All core training is not created equal, planks are a popular exercise to strengthen the mid section but you MAY be doing them wrong if your shoulders are burning more than your abs.
Strength requires less time and more of a maximum effort approach, just like squatting for 7 minutes straight WON'T get you strong, neither will marathon planks…
Other muscles that shouldn't be working take over and you're left with poor posture, lack of tightness through your structure and feeling like someone just rubbed an entire bottle of deep heat on your shoulders.
How should I perform a plank so it translates into bigger lifts, stronger back and a better midsection?
1. Drop your plank time to 10 seconds, YES 10 seconds.
2. Assume the plank position, make 2 fists and drive your feet together.
3. From the neck down tense your entire body as hard as possible. Squeeze your fists, butt, legs, upper back, abs, forearms, biceps and chest.
Most people start shaking after 5 seconds and by the 10th second they collapse on the floor out of breath. Doing planks this way will not only make your core stronger but will translate into every other single lift you do.
Perform 5 sets 3 x per week before your workouts and in no time you will be able to bounce rocks off your stomach.
Happy Sunday All!