Action points for performing a safe plank are:
- Engage core muscles immediately prior to exercise
- On forearms and toes, arms straight down below shoulders (as shown in the silhouette image in the picture below)
- Maintain straight back (don’t have your bottom too high, or too low – keep a straight, horizontal body line)
- Hold abdomen in for designated time
Top Tip – once in the plank position, do a calf stretch by pushing into your heels. This will help to force the energy horizontally across your body, strengthening you against the downward pull of gravity.
If you suffer with any medical issues (i.e., lower back pain, high blood pressure, prone to dizziness) that you feel might be aggravated by this challenge, please consult with your doctor before proceeding.
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.