The plank (also called a front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge) is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a position similar to a push-up for the maximum possible time.
The most common plank is the front plank which is held in a push-up-like position, with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows, and toes. Your arms should be directly under your shoulders, entire body in a straight line (from toes to head) and back is completely flat, neither arched nor rounded. The plank is commonly practiced in pilates and yoga, and by those training for boxing and other sports.
1. You’ll improve your core and general performance
2. Decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column
3. Experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism
4. Significantly improve your posture
5. Improve overall balance
6. Become more flexible than ever before
7. and finally, You’ll witness mental benefits
Now, the last thing left to do is to give you a sample plank exercise you can do to achieve great results in only 5-10 minutes a day.
Here is a great infographic that shows some of the best plank exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:
Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.
Current WORLD RECORD: As of April 2016 the world record for a plank is held by former Marine officer George Hood with a time of five hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds. Good luck trying to beat that!
Quick vid to show you how to PLANK here.