How to Plank
You Should Feel This: Abs
Exercise Families: Plank
Trainer: Ashley Steele
Begin by placing your forearms (wrist to elbow) firmly on the mat, ensuring that your elbows are directly below your shoulders. Extend both legs behind you and elevate your hips off the mat, resting on the balls of your feet. This is the starting position.
Brace your abdominals and ensure that your spine remains in a neutral position. Hold this position for the specified amount of time, breathing deeply throughout.
Planks primarily strengthen your core muscles including your transverse abdominus, rectus abdominals, and obliques; but because they involve your full body to hold the position, you also engage your arms, glutes, quads and more.