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Don’t underestimate the basics: Planks

The basics in fitness works. Out of all the exercises, we highly recommend one in particular for three reasons. That is the planks. You’ve heard it, ” having a strong core is good.” But why is this? Let’s take a look.

First, it targets multiple muscle groups. People think it only activates the core, but when you apply pressure on the elbows, the shoulders must work hard as well. What happens when you get tired? Your shoulder blades stick out, right? There’s a muscle in front of your shoulder blades called serratus anterior and this has to work to press the body up. Since it targets many areas, I call it “bang for your buck” exercise for this reason.

Secondly, is the convenience. You don’t need any equipment and you can do it anywhere. At home, hotel, at the gym, or your bed. If you have a floor, then congratulations, you can do planks.

Lastly, is to reinforce the concept of bracing. When you lift something, we remind people to tighten up their core to protect the back. We’ve all dealt with low back pain at some point and building a strong core will help combat the stress of life.

The first test is to be able to do a full plank (on your toes) for one minute without rest. If you cannot, then build up strength on your toes. If you need a tutorial on planks, click on the video below. Hope you liked this week’s blog. Stay tuned for more next Wed……………….Kei

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