The plank is an exercise that involves several muscle groups at once, including the core, shoulder girdle, abs, legs, back. It forms the main muscle corset, which helps to keep the spine in an upright position, and therefore, to make the body more beautiful and healthy. Its benefits do not end there - it also strengthens the lower back, increases endurance, flexibility and improves posture. And most importantly, the exercise does not require special equipment and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. By the way, according to supermodel Kendall Jenner, it is the daily plank that helps her keep her muscles in good shape.
Beginners should start with a static plank, increasing the exercise duration from 20 seconds to 5 minutes. "The morning plank activates well the basic biochemical flows, which means it helps to wake up. It also improves the functioning of the musculoskeletal system, especially if a person leads a predominantly sedentary lifestyle, and helps to avoid overwork throughout the working day. In addition, the plank is the least traumatic exercise: even with the wrong technique, it is very difficult to harm yourself, "says Ruslan Panov, expert and coordinator of the group programs of the network of fitness clubs X-Fit.
Technique of execution: take an emphasis lying. Place your hands shoulder-width apart. The elbows should be level with the shoulders. Straighten your legs and rest your toes on the floor. Raise your torso and lower back one level. The body should be flat and straight. Look at the floor - this way you will relieve the cervical spine from additional stress.