Now it’s time to ramp things up with some challenging variations on the static plank.
To be clear, a plank is a static exercise. That means you’re holding the same position, without moving, for a designated length of time. Static exercises are great for initial activation and stability, but their counterparts (dynamic exercises) are more reflective of your body’s needs.
You need core stabilization for EVERYTHING, from opening a door, to picking up a grandchild, to walking a dog, to cooking dinner. (Not to mention all your exercises in the gym). But all those activities are dynamic – they require multiple muscles and joints to function simultaneously.
So it pays to incorporate similar movements into your planking routine. This means adding arm movements, leg movements, shifting the hips in different directions, and so on.
For a great explanation of why you should work in dynamic movements, as well as some awesome examples, check out this article by Equinox Fitness.
Since July has five weeks this year, we’ll do a bonus segment (!) next week that builds on the plank by strengthening the other parts of your core.
Have you been planking this month? Tell us how it’s going!