The plank – the definition of ‘that which is much harder than it looks’. You may think you can pull this off with no trouble, but if will quickly expose those muscles that are not as strong as you think.
The basic version of the plank is well known, but the forearm plank is a useful variation. It has the bonus that it will tell you what other muscles groups you need to work on.
Here’s the technique, and here’s what your forearm plank says about you:
Here are the four steps to a perfect forearm plank:
The forearm plank demands core stability and helps to improve it. It also works shoulders, while being slightly less of a strain on your wrists.
Correct technique is really important even in this simple move. The two most important things to watch out for are:
If you don’t feel quite ready to move on to the standard plank, try some footwork first. While holding the forearm plank, move each foot out in turn, then bring them back together. Then raise one leg straight, hold, and gently lower.
The plank has dozens of variations. Once you’ve got that core strength started, here are some more planks to really work that stomach. Your waistband will thank you!
that's a thought; perhaps because the plank isn't showy like press-ups or lifts, it took a while for people to think it up. Like the article says, it is much harder than it looks!
I can't remember ever having this exercise when we were younger. It seems old fashioned and simple, yet is also 'new'. It's a good move though. Once learned, always used.
this is an interesting one and I do indeed find it easier. A great way to get strong enough to do more challenging exercises. I am a way off 93 seconds though...
I have been trying to do a plank most days since Christmas and my record is now 93 seconds! Am super-pleased with that, and can really notice the difference on my stomach too.